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Video: Leonard Cohen — Tower of Song (Live in London)

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not comin’ on
I’m just payin’ my rent every day in the Tower of Song

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Joel Christensen: Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

As someone who writes about early Greek poetry, I spend a lot of time thinking about why its performance was so crucial to ancient life. One answer is that epic and tragedy helped ancient storytellers and audiences try to make sense of human suffering.

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bernie Sanders: The Lessons the Nation Can Learn from the Coronavirus Outbreak

“This crisis should be a moment in which people ask fundamental questions about the dysfunctionality of our current healthcare system.”

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: This is what justice looks like

Breaking down, Haley recalled her rape by Weinstein, the fear and paranoia she now lives with, and her unsteady healing process: “I showed up, not as a perfect victim, but as a human being.”

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Weinstein Enters the Courtroom

slithering through deep mud
in concentric circles of power-tied lawyers

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellen Brown: The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained

The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Gibb: A Paragraph for W. Eugene Smith

“The infinite mistake of Pittsburgh does not take from the fact that the set of photographs is among my finest.”

March 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

John Feffer: The President as Political Hit Man

Donald Trump attempts to take out his electoral adversaries one by one, Mafia-style.

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Judith Vollmer: For Aaron Sheon

“The body doesn’t make sense by itself,” you said, pointing the red-tip
wand at the chalky nudes of Ingres.

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vera Eidelman: Will the US Supreme Court Protect the Right to Protest?

An officer sued DeRay Mckesson. The lawsuit, which should have been swiftly dismissed, now threatens the First Amendment rights of millions.

March 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Corpse of the Revolution

I do not wait for poetry
But go in search of it
Because my wings are broken
And I am left far from my nest…

March 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Khury Petersen-Smith: Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

March 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Elegy (for Leah)

her infinite soprano
and my street drawl voicing words that could
depress a saint

March 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jamie Lombardi: Marcus Aurelius helped me survive grief and rebuild my life

No matter how terrible what happened was, it is still our choice whether to understand our story as one of crippling defeat or a miraculous victory against the odds – even if all we do is get back up and learn to stand again.

March 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

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