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Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Leaf Blowers

That autumn morning he awoke to the crying
of lost souls that quickly changed to the roar
of leaf blowers up and down the street

November 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: How the War Came Home, Big Time

For the Proud Boys to say that they reject racism and venerate housewives did little more than provide them with a veneer of social acceptability, even as they planned armed counter-rallies in progressive cities like Providence and Portland with the explicit purpose of inciting violence among Black Lives Matter protesters and their allies.

October 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Herding People to Slaughter

The dangerous fringe theory behind the Great Barrington Declaration and the push toward herd immunity.

October 28, 2020 · 5 Comments

Ariel Dorfman: Sending Trump to Hell

For some time now, I’ve wanted to send Donald Trump to Hell. I mean this literally, not as a figure of speech. I want him to inhabit the palpable, sensory Hell that religions have long conjured up with scenes of sulfur, damnation, and screams of perpetual pain from those who once caused grievous harm to their fellow humans.

October 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Guns, Germs and Smoke

UNITE-HERE! Canvassers take on Trump in Nevada.

October 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rita Sims Quillen: Taste and Other Mysteries

little oily sardines to lay on saltines
which he would make disappear
into the smile under his moustache

October 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Darrick Hamilton, Naomi Zewde: Truth and Redistribution

How to fix the racial wealth gap, end plutocracy and build Black power.

October 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ed Bieber: Cleverness

Nature is the master here: boundless, unpredictable,
full of astonishments. The children come next. I follow.

October 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Weis: History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders

Healing begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving and caring for one another as Americans.

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Charles W. Brice: Stupidity

The guy in his MAGA cap
yells at my friend
that she’s a scaremonger
for wearing a mask

October 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: As the Virus Rampages through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price

Essential workers in the United States continue to face relentless and tragic pressures, most notably from federal and state leaders who dismiss the science on COVID-19, and from bosses who mock the use of masks, skirt or ignore recommended safety protocols, and skimp on protective equipment.

October 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Rachel Hadas:’What goes around comes around,’ or what Greek mythology says about Donald Trump

When I studied and taught Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King,” the stress was on hubris, irony, blindness. What wasn’t emphasized is that the play was written during and is set in the midst of a plague.

October 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Jason Irwin: Their Hands

All I remember were their hands holding me down: my mother’s father’s, a young nurse who gripped my left arm, and the doctor, who, before each prick into my skin, assured me it wasn’t a needle, just his finger.

October 15, 2020 · 4 Comments

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