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Jenny Davidson: What makes a sentence a masterpiece?

The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.

June 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tristan Bridges, Mignon R. Moore: 23% of young black women now identify as bisexual in U.S.

Demographic research shows that black women have led the way in US trends related to gender.

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The Betrothal

And why should I be cold, my lad,
And why should you repine,
Because I love a dark head
That never will be mine?

June 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: New Report Details Planetary Perils of US Fracking Infrastructure Boom

“This new analysis paints a devastating picture of what our world will look like if fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure buildout aren’t halted soon.” —Dr. Sandra Steingraber

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Cornelius Eady: Charlie Chaplin Impersonates a Poet

Here is the little tramp, standing
On a stack of books in order
To reach the microphone

June 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Sticks & Stones

GOP Says Dems Can’t Call Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue A Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue.

June 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: After Watching the Attorney General Testify, May 1, 2019

I’m back outside, hands deep in dirt and dirt’s
the only thing that’s telling truth today.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Gottschalk: Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America

An effort to protect the position of native-born citizens from perceived threats by immigrants – has periodically erupted in the U.S. since at least the early 19th century.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield

out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs—all this resinous, unretractable earth

June 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Weapons of Math Destruction

Mathematical models for everything from marketing to perusing resumes are making inequality and discrimination against the poor and minorities worse.

June 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Deonna Anderson: These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area

Through a voluntary land tax and donations from land owners, this organization is working to create an alternative land base for Indigenous people in California’s East Bay.

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: Father Ted & Voting Rights

Republicans have closed polling places, reduced early voting, purged voter rolls, and added ID requirements. Nearly all these changes are in predominantly African-American districts.

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: A Celebration of the American Citizen

At 448 dense pages of legalese, the Mueller Report has swiftly, improbably become a sort of touchstone of the sordid times.

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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