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Lisa Mullenneaux: The Raft of the Medusa

Today when newspapers carry daily reports of migrants drowning in capsized vessels, Géricault’s achievement, The Raft of the Medusa (1819), is the perfect metaphor for human refuse pushed aside and ignored by the state.

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Lakey: Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election

Authoritarian rulers fear peaceful resistance above all else.

September 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jennifer Ho: With Kamala Harris, Americans yet again have trouble understanding what multiracial means

While the debates about Harris’ racial identities may seem new given the recent media attention focused on her, they are similar to the commentary other high-profile mixed-race people have received.

September 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Grinding Gears of Time

Trump’s house of cards is built on ruses and Iago-like deceptions, a palace of flimsy lies waiting for the door to fly open and a gust of honest wind to sweep them all away.

September 7, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Why do whales sing?

This short animated film, produced by Stephanie Sardelis of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

C. Christine Fair: Myanmar’s Lady of Genocide

In 2015, Myanmar, a country controlled by militant Buddhists, began an organized process of genocide against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader who promised to protect them, has facilitated the genocide.

September 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Clare: The Thunder Mutters

The thunder mutters louder & more loud
With quicker motion hay folks ply the rake

September 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Brett Wilkins: Democratic Data Firm Predicts Post-Election ‘Chaos’ Over False Trump Landslide

Preponderance of mail-in votes means early results may show Trump with a substantial lead that he’ll likely lose as absentee ballots are tallied.

September 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: September 1, 1939, By W.H. Auden. Read by Doug Anderson

There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

September 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Mark Gruenberg: Trump’s message to white supremacists — It’s OK to gun down protesters

The danger that more armed right-wing thugs will take to the streets and shoot people is now a very real threat all across the country.

August 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Nora Atkinson | Why Art Thrives at Burning Man

Craft curator Nora Atkinson takes us on a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to see the beautifully designed and participatory art of Burning Man, revealing how she discovered there what’s often missing from museums: curiosity and engagement.

August 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

August 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Emily Dickinson: She dealt her pretty words like Blades

She dealt her pretty words like Blades–
How glittering they shone—
And every One unbared a Nerve
Or wantoned with a Bone—

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

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