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Elsa Gidlow: Constancy

My sister, I keep faith with love, not lovers.

September 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

Jennifer Harman: When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Domestic abuse can involve one parent using a child as a weapon against the other parent, which harms the child in immense ways. My research has identified how these dynamics play out and examines the damage.

September 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kari Gunter-Seymour: An Appalachian Woman’s Guide to Beer Drinking

Drink to the twisted torch of freedom, washed down
with fracking waste, red clay dust, the bitter soot
of coal’s see ya later sucka!

September 28, 2022 · 6 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Burning Books (or Rather Book Companies)

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

September 28, 2022 · 5 Comments

Nicole Froio: The Future of Work Is No Work

Millions of workers left jobs in 2021 at such a scale it’s been deemed the “Great Resignation.”

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: The Unicorn Is in Captivity and No Longer Dead

Which do I like better, someone asks, fork or spoon?
And I reply, That’s not a question for Thursday.
Ask me instead how I lost my virginity,

September 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe

An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe.

September 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bridget J. Crawford: New York’s $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump is the beginning, not end, of this case – a tax lawyer explains what’s at stake

New York Attorney General Letitia James hit former president Donald Trump with a US$250 million lawsuit on Sept. 21, 2022, citing “staggering” amounts of falsified business information and fraud.

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Robert Frost: Provide, Provide

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,
The picture pride of Hollywood.

September 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: Donald Trump’s Document Grab

A refusal to share information has been part of the Washington scene far longer than the current moment.

September 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: Book-Banning Efforts Rising at Unprecedented Rate, US Libraries Report

Efforts to censor entire categories of books reflecting certain voices and views shows that the moral panic isn’t about kids: It’s about politics.

September 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: He Who Hath Not A Uterus Should Shut the Fucketh Up – Fallopians 13:13

On a good day for duplicitous zealots peculiarly fixated on controlling women’s bodies, Lindsey Graham, a childless, partnerless ghoul who’s never experienced any pregnancy welcome or not, proposed a nationwide abortion ban backed only by a tiny, rabid minority…

September 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

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