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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

Edward Harkness: My Father Meets Margaret Bourke-White 

He finds a Hershey bar
in his breast pocket, offers her a piece.
She flicks her cigarette into the dark,
takes the chocolate and says, Thanks, kiddo.

September 20, 2022 · 12 Comments

Benjamin Jensen: Ukraine’s rapid advance against Russia shows mastery of 3 essential skills for success in modern warfare

Ukrainian forces, aided by Western firepower, have upset traditional military logic once again.

September 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Kites

A girl is playing on the green slopes of a valley in Kurdistan, on the border between Iran and Iraq, when her kite is suddenly swept across the river by the wind. Three boys on the other side see her calling for help, but cannot make out what she is saying: she is just too far away. Separated by the river, the children try to communicate with each other – yet between them lie the explosive remnants of past wars.

September 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Houman Harouni: The Dervish

The postures I held for long breaths by the flow of the Ganges I did not hold to achieve light I held no star in sight as I turned my … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: The Horses

People loved her as they might love
A flag or a map or a story
Of a country of green pastures
And low stone walls

September 9, 2022 · 26 Comments

Rupert Brooke: The Fish

O world of lips, O world of laughter,
Where hope is fleet and thought flies after,
Of lights in the clear night, of cries
That drift along the wave and rise

September 2, 2022 · 8 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

Farrah Hassen: End the Collective Punishment of Afghans

With innocent Afghans impoverished and starving, the U.S. must return money that’s rightfully theirs.

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

John Balaban: Anna Akhmatova Spends the Night on Miami Beach

What killed her was the talk, the empty eyes,
which made her long for the one person in ten thousand
who could say her name, who could take her home,
giving her a place between Auden and Apollinaire

August 23, 2022 · 10 Comments

Robert Lipsyte: Being Anything But a Good Sport in Saudi Arabia

Here’s the big question in Jock Culture these days: Is the Kingdom of Golf being used to sportswash the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

August 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kimberly Parish Davis: Forever and Ever

…they watched television or surfed around the Internet for news about what was going on in Palestine. There had been a lot of fighting—a lot of bombed out buildings. One website told about the attack at the School where Hanna’s little brother was killed, and she was probably dealing with that while Emma was news surfing.

August 19, 2022 · 6 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

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

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