Vox Populi

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Dahr Jamail: Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD

Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jason Baldinger: A Seventy-Four Dollar Shotgun

two men in camouflage
drunk loud talk, stare at shotguns

December 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Dialing Down the Grim Reaper Gene

Only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: Catering the Office Party

Some couldn’t eat ham and some wouldn’t eat lamb;
some couldn’t eat sugar, some couldn’t eat seeds.
So what could I order for our office feast?
And how could I cater for everyone’s needs?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Norman Solomon: Corporate Media Supports Anyone But Sanders or Warren

What’s at stake includes democracy—the informed consent of the governed—and so much more.

December 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Baruch November: Beard 7

In its color alone,
my beard is the sun falling upon the evening
and some days
it is chaffing brambles, poison
sumac, creeping red vines everywhere.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nick Turse: The Moral Injury of War

Some men are very nearly monsters, capable of killing without compunction or remorse. In the everyday civilian world, we generally seek to lock them up. In war, they have a chance to fully flower.

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Garage de soir (Garage at Night)

In this touching portrayal of lovable slackers, two brothers spend 12 months together in their family’s garage, learning from each other.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas Sayers Ellis: Godzilla’s Avocado

An artichoke’s heart does not pump ketchup.
It pumps pesto,
oily, olive clots of guacamole.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Origin Of Disease And Medicine

A Cherokee Myth

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Skarbek: A Personal Pantheon of Phenomenal Fellows

On this Thanksgiving, I survey all the deliciously delightful people who have touched my life and kudize them all. However, there are four in my personal pantheon that are absolute standouts. Oddly, they are all men.

November 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

November 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mattea Kramer: Finding Peace Amid the New Opium Wars

I learn so much from people in recovery that sometimes I think my head will explode. Instead what happens is that my heart grows.

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unlearning

Boarding school, a peculiarly British form of abuse, has devastating impacts not only on the boarders, but on those they grow up to dominate.

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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