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The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nina Pick: Radical Orthography

Taking off the Caps Lock It came to me in a dream: Trump with a lower case t. It appeared in a flash as an ingenious solution, a subtle yet … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Arlene and the Arlettes: Bad Boyfriend

A Song for America to be sung in the style of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. . Oh girlfriend, I could have told you he’s a Bad boyfriend I don’t … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lewis Turco: Miss Pussy’s Parlor Songs

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall. Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. He climbed up his wall and fell down again And again, and again, and again, and again. . … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: The Moth — Janna Levin “Life on a Möbius Strip”

. In this performance from The Moth, a young astrophysicist tells a story about an improbable love affair and its parallels with her research into black holes and finite mathematics. … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Audio: Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel — “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel have fun covering this American classic written by Frank Loesser in 1944. Although a perennial holiday favorite, the song has become controversial in recent years. … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 4 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: First Fig

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! . Edna St. Vincent Millay … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: Trump and the Rapture

This holiday season, when the RNC sent out their most thoughtful Christmas message to the Christian contingency of our country, in which the party encouraged them to celebrate their “new … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two Videos: Carrie Fisher “Audition for Star Wars” and “Wishful Drinking”

  . Carrie Frances Fisher (1956 – 2016) was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Audio: Hungry in Winter — The Literary Julia Child

Julia Child wanted to be a novelist, or to write for The New Yorker. “They weren’t interested in me, for some reason.” So she just kept reading — and finally … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: The Garden of Earthly Delights According to Studio Smack

. PARADISE, a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights Here’s the press release from Studio Smack: “Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Walter Bargen: Vaudeville Visigoths

The first couple in a cartoon bed on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone. All Fred could yell was, “Yabba dabba do!” We didn’t see anything more except … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: (Everyone) Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Unamerica broke up with America on Election Day. It was messy, especially since Unamerica had violated the pre-nup written in 1776. Unamerica got tired of that black guy hanging around the … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

Claudia Nolan: The Mask of the Neenerans

  The Culture of the Neenerans Among the diverse cultures of the 21st century, there is a particularly proud group which considers itself to be the most elite and superior … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · Leave a comment