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Benjamin Neuman: What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

As with SARS, most of the damage in COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is caused by the immune system carrying out a scorched earth defense to stop the virus from spreading.

April 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lynn Ungar: Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?

April 3, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Very Good Job (At Slow-Rolling, Mass Negligent Homicide)

On a day the U.S. saw over 139,000 cases and at least 2,425 deaths, the ever-classy Trump boasted his briefings’ “ratings” reached “Bachelor Finale, Monday Night Football type numbers.”

April 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Scale

After that, he spots
specks of lint, dust motes that grow with his attention
so huge they change into solar systems with planets
where he might see cities, rooftops and, who knows,
even a man mowing a his lawn, if he had the time.

April 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alec Karakatsanis: Usual Cruelty

The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

April 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Yana Djin: Tender are the nights

Tender are the nights spent in a haze.
Stone-cold the days. Sharp-cut.
In this city that reflects the rays
against its windows — constantly shut.

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Last Goodbye in the Time of Corona

The darkness arrived without your voice
or touch, my love, and yet I heard
your voice and felt your hand in mine.

March 31, 2020 · 6 Comments

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The Decade of Transformation is Here

Remaking the Economy for the People

March 31, 2020 · 1 Comment

Danny Sjursen: The Unaccountable Nation

Imperial hyper-powers, particularly in their late-stages, often employ foot soldiers across vast swathes of the planet, and eventually either lose control of their actions or aren’t concerned with their resultant atrocities in the first place.

March 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Francesca Bell: Taking Stock

There will be strawberries
and hand grenades
and the feeling
in my belly
when your touch
explodes me.

March 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Jackie Robb: The Virus and the Bulb

The beginnings of a dark cloud of worry about the virus moved in to share space with the more festive anticipation of amaryllis blooms.

March 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville

Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville explores the living present of the folk tradition in its most iconic city, showing how a vibrant history resonates through quotidian challenges, inspiring devotees and neophytes alike.

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Wrigley: A Walk

Can they tell we are different, the deer?

March 28, 2020 · 5 Comments

Audio: “Invictus” recited by Morgan Freeman

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

March 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

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