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Paul Christensen: The Cornhole Tournament

What happens when a large segment of a population finds itself displaced, bullied off the bench?

September 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Burning Books (or Rather Book Companies)

Looking Back on My Years in — And out of — Publishing

September 28, 2022 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Twit

I used to wander around on lower Broadway in Manhattan when I was still a teenager. I had a dead-end job at a valve company taking orders from plumbers wanting a gate valve or oversized coupling for an apartment building going up.

September 18, 2022 · 13 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: MMPI-5

It’s obvious to all (or damn well should be) that the background checks designed to prevent criminals and/or deeply disturbed individuals from purchasing weapons are pathetically deficient.

September 10, 2022 · 4 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Breaking is part of healing

I was in a conversation recently with a friend who had just returned from a meditation retreat. She said one of the ideas shared with her group was that “the teacup is already broken,” a meditation on how the death or ending or brokenness we fear is inevitable.

September 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Living in a Sci-fi World

Honestly, if you had described this America to me more than half a century ago, I would have laughed in your face.

August 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Breaking of the Sky

We had been waiting for two long, agonizing months for rain to come, for anything to cast a veil over a furious sun that dried out fields, withered up grape vines, even discouraged the cicadas from droning in the pines. Now the rain started falling, thick, icy gobbets of it, drenching us the moment it struck.

August 28, 2022 · 7 Comments

Baron Wormser: “Technology is our fate” 

Thus spoke the high-modernist architect Mies van der Rohe in the middle of the twentieth century. Nothing since then has refuted his remark. If anything, a good deal more fuel … Continue reading

August 21, 2022 · 11 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Murmurations | Love Looks Like Accountability

Racialized capitalism trains us to expect that some people fall through the cracks into unjust suffering; our cultural individualism tells us this is acceptable, as long as we aren’t the ones at the bottom. 

August 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: Oona

When you have a dog, you get to participate in another creature’s being, a creature who wants to be with you, a human being.

August 6, 2022 · 21 Comments

Paul Christensen: What the Heat Demands of Us

We may not make it through this crisis. But no one can say for sure it is too late.

July 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

Sam Long: Why I Decided to Come Out to My Students as a Trans Man

Every August, as new students arrive, I wonder whether I want to share this part of myself.

July 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

William deBuys: New Mexico’s Megafires Mark a Turning Point

We have entered the Pyrocene, the Epoch of Fire.

July 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

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