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Daniel Edward Moore: The Fire Island Boys

Warhol wasn’t the only one who loved
those Fire Island boys; marble statues
cloaked in sand, whipped by pleasure’s
summer storms.

August 18, 2022 · 2 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

Barbara Hamby: Ode on Dictionaries

A-bomb is how it begins with a big bang on page
one, a calculator of sorts whose centrifuge
begets bedouin, bamboozle, breakdance, and berserk,
one of my mother’s favorite words, hard knock
clerk of clichés that she is

August 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: Witchcraft Recall

What if the numerous investigations into Trump, all of which he claims are witch hunts, were literal witch hunts, and thus governed under the time-honored draconian standards that history dictates? 

August 17, 2022 · 8 Comments

Video: Shahmaran

The Shahmaran is a mythical creature, half snake and half woman. The first human she encounters is a young man named Camasb who gets stuck in her cave after he tries to steal honey.

August 16, 2022 · 3 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

Video: The Facility

Detained inside an infamous American detention center as the pandemic spreads, a group of immigrants organize in protest to demand protection and release from confinement.

August 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Though There are Torturers | Michael Coady

Though, at this moment,
Men are screaming in prisons,
There are jazzmen raising storms
Of sensuous celebration

August 13, 2022 · 9 Comments

Hugo Lowell: Trump under investigation for potential violations of Espionage Act, warrant reveals

Details contained in explosive search warrant show US officials investigating whether three criminal statutes violated

August 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Elsa Gidlow: A Happy Song

Heaped sweets and a treasure
For a new sin to play with,
To pass a night and day with––
Heaped sweets for a pleasure.

August 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tamara Nassar: Israel’s Savagery in Gaza Claims the Lives of More Children

Israel is able to perpetrate this violence against them thanks to the international impunity and support it continues to enjoy, especially from the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

August 11, 2022 · 5 Comments

Robert Reich: A Never-Before FBI Raid on a Former President Who Is Like No Other

We have only one bulwark against this menace. It is called the rule of law.

August 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

Lourdes Medrano: Mexican Farmers and Scientists Share a Mission: Saving a Wetland

Once mutually wary, farmers and scientists are working jointly to save a key ecosystem — and an endangered salamander.

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: Albert Woodfox, Activist Wrongfully Imprisoned for 43 Years, Dies at 75

“Our cells were meant to be death chambers but we turned them into schools, into debate halls.”

August 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

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