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Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

And then someone from another rooftop shouted a verse of Rumi’s poetry into the clear night air.

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: On the Way to Get Chicken Wings We Listen to a Podcast About a Somalian Struggling to Come to America

Most of the others have turned themselves in.
But Abdi is in the basement with his brother.

July 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Wynton Marsalis, et al: A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

As writers we need a culture that leaves us room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences.

July 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Republican lawmakers’ familiar blame game hangs COVID’s spread on young people

Damn Kids!

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Martin Pengelly: In new book niece explains how Trump became Trump

Donald Trump’s extraordinary character and outrageous behaviour were shaped by his high-functioning sociopathic father during childhood, according to Mary Trump’s new book.

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: Court Orders Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

The decision to temporarily shut down DAPL came just a day after two energy companies cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that would have transported fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

July 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: On Silence

I am possessed of a brooding spirit, some ominous angel who has landed on my shoulders, staring at my ear. It wants to know why I do not understand silence, the poetry of space.

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Revolution

Revolution is comprised of 7 vignettes where individuals talk, discuss how being Black has impacted them and what the word revolution means to them.

July 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Aileen Cassinetto: There are no kings in America

There are no kings in America.
Only gilded men we can topple
again and again.

July 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sympathy

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling…

July 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: The De-Trumpification of America

It’s essential to ensure that the November 3rd election is free and fair, but if Trump loses, then the bigger problems are likely to begin.

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellena Savage: Selfish, grumpy and unkind? That’s my kind of woman

The characters I find thrilling are women who are absolutely not socialised or charitable or good.

June 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Shoshi Parks: The Shared History of Wild Horses and Indigenous People

Horse sanctuaries along the Native American Horse Trail are working to save America’s last Indigenous horses and rewrite official histories that claim they don’t exist.

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

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