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Susan Farrell: Why Kurt Vonnegut’s advice to college graduates still matters today

If Vonnegut was, like the students’ fathers, a family man and a veteran, perhaps he also embodied the dad that students in 1969 dreamed their own fathers could be: funny, artistic, anti-establishment and anti-war.

May 4, 2023 · 4 Comments

Aric Sleeper: How a Tribal Rights Lawyer Is Winning Back the Rights of Nature

Attorney Frank Bibeau found a way to legally protect nature by suing the state of Minnesota in the name of manoomin, or wild rice, sacred to the Ojibwe people.

May 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Stalin Is Dead, Tuckums Is Gone, The Masses Rejoice

Tucker Carlson will be difficult to replace, but the candidates are George Santos, the green M&M and 3 howler monkeys.

April 27, 2023 · 2 Comments

Kim Stafford: Poems for a Cause

Maybe we’re past hints and whispers,
our chance gone for subtle scents
and fugitive flavors—time for coffee
black, jolt of onion, garlic unadorned.

April 26, 2023 · 10 Comments

Arlene Weiner: The Real Thing

Maz is a theater person: actor, 
writer, director. Triple threat. Gay. 
His partner Donny’s a drag queen,
Dawna Day.

April 24, 2023 · 5 Comments

Video: Faraway

The film follows the passing of seasons in the life of Omar Al Shakra, a young Arab man living in Montreal, after he’s cast aside by his family’s older generation following a difficult conversation about his homosexuality.

April 23, 2023 · 4 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: A Deal With the Devil

Non-Profit Status and Political Action

April 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Summer Lee Blasts GOP’s ‘Pro-Starvation Agenda’ as McCarthy Plots Food Aid Cuts

“Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

April 20, 2023 · 3 Comments

Wally Swist: The Caregiver

the depth of bad
feeling is in proportion
to how good we are

April 19, 2023 · 6 Comments

Richard Michelson: Angels with Guns Guarding the Gates of Heaven

My grandmother didn’t
live to see her youngest son, my father, murdered in a Brooklyn
gutter by a fifth generation, drug-addicted, unemployed house-
painter whose ancestors were dragged here like devils in chains.

April 18, 2023 · 5 Comments

Amanda Alexander, Deanna Van Buren: The Care(ful) Work of Abolishing Prisons

How to kick our national addiction to prisons

April 18, 2023 · 8 Comments

Brett Wilkins: US Lawmakers Call on Biden to End US Taxpayer Support of Israeli Human Rights Violations

“Each year, the U.S. funnels billions of tax dollars to the Israeli government, funding obscene human rights violations,” said Rep. Cori Bush, who signed the letter. “We must stop funding Israeli apartheid.”

April 17, 2023 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Future of an Illusion

He is already shriveling into an empty legend, a flimsy cartoon of ruthless malevolence.

April 16, 2023 · 7 Comments

Video: Suheir Hammad | Poems of war, peace, women, power

Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: Wait for the astonishing line: “Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.”

April 14, 2023 · 9 Comments

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