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Caty Borum Chattoo: Take it from Pluto the Schnauzer — Comedy will help us through the coronavirus crisis

Comedy serves crucial cultural functions as we deal with tough challenges: sharing and amplifying messages, addressing taboo topics in accessible ways, and inspiring us to feel emotions of hope and optimism…

April 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alec Karakatsanis: Usual Cruelty

The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

April 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Nicholas Johnson: A Seattle doctor on the frontlines

My first question every time I see a new patient now is: ‘Could this be COVID-19?’

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Suzanne Kusserow: Small Joys from an Old Woman In Quarantine

I have lived long enough at 88 to know isolation, to accept it and find its pockets of beauty through my window. Fatalism becomes a form of serenity.

March 26, 2020 · 10 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: In Memoriam | A Planet of Missing Beauties

For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.

March 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Paul Christensen: Timbrels in the Marsh

The sky is a stoic blue, hard as a marble, with little wimpy clouds that carry nothing more than a few regrets from a dying winter. We’re here, right on the precipice of a season.

March 22, 2020 · 8 Comments

Video: Isabel Allende — Tales of Passion

With charm, humor and passion, Isabel Allende delivers a series of stories about women with passionate hearts who survive difficult lives.

March 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ben Martin: COVID-19 and Philip Roth’s Nemesis

The practice of medicine demands answers, yet to practice medicine in the United States is an invitation […] to be swallowed by suffering that eludes meaning.

March 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

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

Eva-Maria Simms: Muzot in Winter

A scholar and translator makes a pilgrimage to the Swiss castle where Rainer Maria Rilke finished the Duino Elegies and received the gift of all 55 Sonnets to Orpheus.

March 1, 2020 · 6 Comments

Kazu Haga: Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

The civil rights movement was led largely by leaders who believed in nonviolence as a moral imperative. It was not only the most effective thing, but also the right thing.

February 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Kathryn Levy: Bernie Sanders and George and Me

A longtime activist explains why she supports Bernie Sanders.

February 25, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Edward Simms: The Last White RINO

A conservative Republican comes to terms with what his party has become.

February 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

On Friday, we caught up with poet, blogger, editor and activist Michael Simms at his kitchen table where he was preparing his Saturday morning post for Vox Populi.

February 22, 2020 · 22 Comments

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