Vox Populi

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Jose Padua: One for the Morning and the Uninterrupted Dancing in my Head

This morning I’m looking for my copy of Reinbert de Leeuw’s super slow performances of the compositions of Erik Satie to play while I do the work I get paid … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sherry Hamby: Resisting technology, Appalachian style

When people hear “Appalachia,” stereotypes and even slurs often immediately jump to mind, words like “backwards,” “ignorant,” “hillbilly” or “yokel.” But Appalachian attitudes about technology’s role in daily life are … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: David Brooks — “Trump and Afterwards: The Next American Culture”

. In this hour-long lecture, New York Times columnist David Brooks talks about the major trends in American culture over the last 50 years and how they have led to … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Operatico Politico — NRA Protest Song

. Operatico Politico gives us a new protest song for the March For Our Lives on March 24th! Please like and share widely! Lyrics and guitar chords here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/traditi… Email … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This is the Bunny I Love

The Stellar Trolling of Mike Pence This week’s Canny Resistance Award goes to John Oliver, who deftly stole Mike Pence’s family’s homophobic thunder by, hours before the release of their … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: An Apiary Has Nothing to Do with Apes

One of the things I’m good at is linking people together. Not match-making,  although two couples have married who fell in love during my poetry class. Usually it’s more practical: … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mike James: The Monk’s Couch

. Frank The Balloon Man Honestly, he hated children. Hated their laughs and the miniature gaps of their smiles. Hated the clutching need of their fingers. He hated the parents. … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: How Does It Feel to Be Loved and All the Other Questions I’ve Ever Wanted to Ask the Armed Cheerleaders of the Corporate State as an Act of Defiance

That night one year ago, after dinner, I was in the dining room talking to my wife Heather when our thirteen-year-old daughter Maggie came in to ask me for help … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: The ascendancy of the word “Douchebag”

can be attributed to Twitter and other social media. Compared to other obscene slurs predating the Internet, “douchebag” enjoys much more frequency and vehemence. It’s fun and satisfying for the … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Gary Snyder: Smokey the Bear Sutra

. Once in the Jurassic about 150 million years ago, the Great Sun Buddha in this corner of the Infinite Void gave a discourse to all the assembled elements and … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: A Billboard Not Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A few years ago, my wife and I were driving in Franklin County, Missouri. I saw something off the road, and excitedly said to her, “Honey, look — look at … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · 5 Comments

Video: Operatico Politico — Keep Your Ding Dong In Your Pants

. Some really good advice…in Carol format. SING ALONG! Keep your Ding Dong in your pants, And don’t say nasty phrases. To yourself, please keep your hands. We should not … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Ho Ho Ho Milk-Breath — On Scowling Whining Little Freeloaders

If you haven’t been paying attention: Republicans have been so gung-ho about stripping health care from millions of people and giving tax cuts to a few monstrously rich people that … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment