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Frank T. McAndrew: Could a lack of humility be at the root of what ails America?

So what happens when everyone thinks they’re smarter than everyone else?

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Daybreak Express

D A Pennebaker, who died recently, transformed documentary filmmaking. This is his first film. [running time: 5 minutes]

August 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Virginia Woolf: Becoming an Artist

Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.

August 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

My Palestinian father named his donkey after you…
Now I think he insulted the donkey.

August 16, 2019 · 4 Comments

William J. Astore: In Wars and Weapons We Trust

We believe in wars. We may no longer believe in formal declarations of war (not since December 1941 has Congress made one in our name), but that sure hasn’t stopped us from waging them.

August 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to Censor the Internet Denounced as Dangerous Unconstitutional Edict

If the government doesn’t like the way a private company is moderating content, they can shut down their entire website.

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: For Auden — Circling Toward Home

Art, you claimed: born of humiliation.
You knew that early & you had the gift
of double focus, of seeing the world
with more than one lens.

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: I Was Thinking Of Beauty

I was thinking of beauty
as something that will return–here’s Curtis Porter’s sweet horn–
outlasting our disputations.

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Men’s Health

Is it possible dietary choices may affect sperm counts, genital development of boys, sexual function in men, and risk of prostate cancer, among other men’s health issues?

August 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anna Akhmatova: Lot’s Wife

“It’s not too late, you can still look back
at the red towers of your native Sodom,
the square where once you sang, the spinning-shed,
at the empty windows set in the tall house
where sons and daughters blessed your marriage-bed.”

August 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Aviva Chomsky: Jobs, the Environment and a Planet in Crisis

Does organized labor actually support or oppose the Green New Deal? What about environmental organizations? If you’re not even sure how to answer such questions, you’re not alone.

August 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pablo Neruda: I’m explaining a few things

Treacherous
generals:
see my dead house,
look at broken Spain

August 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

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