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Todd Gitlin: Frightbart

The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point. The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, The Counterfeit Nomad

Drunk, he was pulled from charger Left impaled on bush and tree Now lives near 15 deerhounds With more respect than he. Perpetual nomad, had he but been like Byron … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Andrea Gibson — Say Yes

. Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1999. Gibson’s poetry focuses on gender norms, … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chuck Taylor: Nature has many faces, more perhaps than the gods of Hinduism

Companions Vampire had a green-gray slug that liked to sleep in his ears. He was a musical slug, and had a soft buzzing way of humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Justin Vicari: Shackles

Long ago, they were heavy and clanged everywhere. Some people claimed not to see or hear them. These people were mad, and they made their shackles heavier. Now and then … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Fall Of An Khe

I never saw Saigon.   In 1970, I was stationed at Camp Radcliff next to the village of An Khe in the Central Highlands.   I was assigned to the army’s 4th … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

George Lakoff: Trump Tweets, Press Leaps.

  . George Lakoff: Now that we understand how Trump uses Twitter to divert and distract, many of you have asked how we can respond. This handy chart by Greg … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mat dos Santos: Why is DHS Labeling Protesters “Domestic Terrorists”?

The United States government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008. Mandela was a designated terrorist 18 years after he was released from prison, 15 years after he won the … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Kim Yideum: I Believe in the World

Even when I walk alone at night, even when someone quietly follows me into the back alley, I believe. I believe flowers will bloom. I believe the stink and the … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: collective: unconscious

. Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join forces to adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. The results are, “like nothing you’ve ever seen with your eyes open.” … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: When Words Fail in Movies

. What does silence say? A video essay by Filmscalpel. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .  

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Roasted Tomato, Mustard Greens, and Chorizo Chili

I grew up in Texas where chili is part of the holy trinity of cuisine. As a Texan, you have your barbecue, your guacamole, and your chili. What these three … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment