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Video: Did you just lose an election? We’re here to help.

You could always try again in 2024 — as long your parole board agrees.

November 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

Julie Bruck: The Latest Dictator

The President is believed to be hiding in the basement. —BBC News

November 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Mad Toddler Rages on

Please DON’T call this number (800) 895–4152 as a prank. It’s the new Trump Campaign Hotline for reporting voter fraud. Two previous numbers have had to be disconnected because of all you Dems trying to be funny. As we all know, Trump having a tantrum after losing the election is not funny.

November 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: The Interruption

I’ll do the liberating for both of us, doll, he says.

November 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Club des Belugas | Straight to Memphis| Brenda Boykin

In this wildly original montage, Club Des Belugas pays tribute to African American entertainers in mid-century Hollywood.

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Still Here, Just Barely

We are spent, bereft, uneasy, deeply sorrowful to see exposed a country so broken, its myths so grievously extinquished, that almost half its heedless people would still, defying reason and decency, vote for an evil clown who’s so utterly failed us – that they’d look at the lies, crimes, cruelty, vengefulness, ineptitude, homicidal indifference, and decide they like it, and want four more years of it.

November 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gail Langstroth: How to Fill-out your Mail-in Ballot

And I Saw. The Lamb opens one of the seven seals
and I hear one of the four animals with
a thunderous voice cry

October 26, 2020 · 3 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

Video: The Day Democracy Died

No, don’t let democracy die
He’s a famous ignoramus
Can’t tell truth from a lie

October 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Donald Trump: MAGA Sonnets

…you’re lucky I’m your president.
You’re so lucky. You’re so lucky, I always tell our great
First Lady, Darling, you’re so lucky.

October 24, 2020 · 7 Comments

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

Adrian Blevins: Appalachians Run Amok

I’m impatient like you to get to the bottom of the problem
of what to call the vacant feeling of our long-ago deportation
from the goats & their creamy milk & the meadows & pastures
they would frolic in each Sunday when my father would
metaphorically herd them…

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Anne Lamott | 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing

If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

October 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Sophie Scott | Why We Laugh

While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic.

October 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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