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Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Heartfelt Message to our President from Keith Olbermann

. What kind of man is Donald Trump? In this video for the web series The Resistance, Olbermann calls Trump a “jackass” 27 times, and even refers to him as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Restraint

It takes great effort on my part, walking the colorful, tree-lined streets on these fresh and beautiful new spring days, not to turn to the next person coming my way, … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Billy Clem: Spring in White

It’s April and the robins have returned and shit streaks long and white as pulled, uncolored taffy. They christen budding lawns, walkways, and streets   clear now for the ice … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Loretta Collins Klobah: Cardboard Oscars

In his last week of presidency, Barack Obama commutes the sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera (El Viejo), who is released after serving thirty-five years for “seditious conspiracy.” When … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Diga Diga Doo

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, is a contemporary swing revival band specializing in covering popular American songs from the 1930s and 40s. Email subscribers may click … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, The Counterfeit Nomad

Drunk, he was pulled from charger Left impaled on bush and tree Now lives near 15 deerhounds With more respect than he. Perpetual nomad, had he but been like Byron … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chuck Taylor: Nature has many faces, more perhaps than the gods of Hinduism

Companions Vampire had a green-gray slug that liked to sleep in his ears. He was a musical slug, and had a soft buzzing way of humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”

. Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?

We’ll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conclave and Herr Trump’s abject nightmare of a speech was … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Why Me?

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Postmodern Jukebox — All About That Bass

  Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment