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Therese Frare: A father comforts his son on his deathbed. The photograph that changed the face of AIDS (1989)

A father comforts his son, David Kirby, on his deathbed in Ohio, 1989. . This picture is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS. It showed AIDS … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Romero: Love

And suddenly she realized there would always be those who laughed at love, who sneered at it, who mocked it, tried to make it something fleeting and negligible like an … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 2 Comments

Maria Svart: Democratic Socialists on the Rise as Capitalism Having Increasingly Hard Time Hiding Its Ugly Face

The core idea of democratic socialism is that working people deserve better. We have a right to the wealth our labor creates. In the wealthiest country in the history of … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Paul Revere’s Ride

Note from the editor: I offer this poem, one of my favorites from childhood, as a tribute to the millions of Americans who showed up at the polls yesterday. Paul … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 3 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Democracy Dies Without You

Everything that lives needs sustenance.  Every rose. Every child. Without sustenance, life perishes. Democracy is a living thing because it embodies the vibrant, shining hopes and dreams of the people.  Democracy is … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Robert Okaji: The Theory and Practice of Rebellion

Such small lives we’ve led, diffident, quiet, until provoked.   Remove our words, we become steel and sharp stone, fletched softwood splitting the air, string reverberating, singing resist, resist.   … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 8 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: United

When sleepless, it’s helpful to meditate on mottoes of the states. South Carolina, “While I breathe I hope.”  Perhaps this could be the new flag on the empty flagpole. Or … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 5 Comments

Daniel S. Goldman: Robert Mueller Is on the Ballot This Year, Too

The midterms are about control of Congress — it will determine the future of the special counsel’s investigation, especially who will run it after Sessions and Rosenstein. With the election … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is An Invasion of Our Country

No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a floor in God knows where, having trudged for days with their families and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Viet Thanh Nguyen

. As part of the Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversation series, Viet Thanh Nguyen is introduced by Maxine Hong Kingston, then reads from his work. Recorded March, 2017. . Viet … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Composition as Ethical Inquiry

A man who has faith, intelligence, and cultivation will show that in his work. –Walker Evans I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Halloween, Pittsburgh

such tender ghosts with their small hands reaching into bowls and baskets, so much that’s wrapped in shine even in the rain, even after disaster, even as the adults bury … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · 2 Comments

John Atcheson: A Tragedy in Three Parts — Corporations, Coups, and Crazies

The silent coup and the roots of corporate tyranny. Nearly 40 years ago, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

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