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Christopher Soden: Days of Dreaming

suppose the life you swallowed was not yours but moonlight . gone sour a glass key you needed to secure suppose the dead were not . the strychnine you imagined … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: This Guy in the Mug Shot

Chevrolet cowboy, milk-cow intimidator, today is not your day.   Slipping, dipping, hunting, mudding— another jagged ode in your Jägermeister.   Somewhere, island horses break trail, high on AC/DC and … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carter: Why I severed my ties to the Southern Baptist Convention

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I have been a practicing Christian all my life and a … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Kaili Joy Gray: Russia is poised to steal 2018 election — and Trump is rewarding their attack

Donald Trump asked Russians to hack our election, and they did — in 39 states. When Donald Trump asked Russia to hack our presidential election, Russia was listening. A new and devastating … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Justin Vicari: Ghazal — Abundance

As kids, we loved the mulberry tree in my cousin Kathy’s yard. We stood under that mulberry tree like our own vine hut, eating our way through the afternoons. Our … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leonard Gontarek: Sanctuary

My name is Leonard Gontarek. I survived the attack at the Grand 16 Theater where Trainwreck was playing. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars. I had cheese on … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alison R. Parker: Being Jewish in Trump’s America is a profoundly unsettling reality

I never believed that anti-Semitism had disappeared, or ever would. But neither did I ever expect to live with the kind of fear and torment that older generations spoke of in … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dreaming of Prague  

I can almost imagine the euforie those first days of Revolution.   The crowds at Wenceslas Square. Even the police cheering.   Václav Havel riding a pedal scooter through the … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire

Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail.  I’m tantalized by … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (compilation)

. In this compilation of NBC’s Saturday Night Live sketches, Alec Baldwin pulls no punches in his portrayal of President Donald Trump as absurdly incompetent, dishonest, and corrupt. Email subscribers … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump

. While major news networks have struggled to figure out the right way to cover the Trump administration, political satirists like Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wendy Mnookin: NICU

. Why is this night different   Why is this night different from all other nights? Wine and matza and now our children tossing in their childhood beds, dreams tumbling … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Matthew Chapman: Women defying Trump are signing up to run for office in record-busting numbers

The presence of a rampaging misogynist in the White House has inspired thousands of women to run in local races. When Donald Trump — a man who insults women, boasts … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — Ticking Towards Midnight

. In this brief excerpt from a recent interview, the renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky answers the question: Where in history are we now? According to Chomsky, climate change and nuclear … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 1 Comment