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Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Man at the Museum of Modern Art

Why do I follow him — what
is it that makes me do that, often, in streets or
subways even, getting off before my stop
to follow a man, woman, couple?

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Cornelius Eady: Charlie Chaplin Impersonates a Poet

Here is the little tramp, standing
On a stack of books in order
To reach the microphone

June 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Sticks & Stones

GOP Says Dems Can’t Call Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue A Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue.

June 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: After Watching the Attorney General Testify, May 1, 2019

I’m back outside, hands deep in dirt and dirt’s
the only thing that’s telling truth today.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Gottschalk: Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America

An effort to protect the position of native-born citizens from perceived threats by immigrants – has periodically erupted in the U.S. since at least the early 19th century.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rory Leyva: The Lessons of Mortality

Even though I am only 12 years old, I know my life won’t last forever, and someday I, too, will reflect on my past decisions. We were all born to exist and eventually die, so we have evolved to value things in the context of mortality.

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield

out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs—all this resinous, unretractable earth

June 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: The Agonizingly Beautiful Noses of Norwegians

Tonight, Albert Albertson took me to a foreign film at the Cinemaclub – a Norwegian film in which ten gorgeous people died. The women had agonizingly beautiful noses. Their deaths were as agonizing as their noses, and it seemed fitting, or at least it fit, and I didn’t feel as sad as I would have felt watching normally attractive people die.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bernd Brunner: Here’s to the lost art of lying down

The legendary Roman dining couch, known as the klinai, was made from wood or stone, covered with cloth, and designed for lying down. I sometimes wonder how comfortable it really was. Then again, since people 2,000 years ago weren’t acquainted with comfort in the modern, well-cushioned sense, they probably enjoyed it much more than we would today.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Weapons of Math Destruction

Mathematical models for everything from marketing to perusing resumes are making inequality and discrimination against the poor and minorities worse.

June 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Emily Dickinson: We grow accustomed to the Dark

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye

June 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Deonna Anderson: These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area

Through a voluntary land tax and donations from land owners, this organization is working to create an alternative land base for Indigenous people in California’s East Bay.

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Parliament of Trees

The next morning I rode my bicycle to Wolf Corner where coyotes and dogs were
Hung on a wooden rack to discourage coyotes

June 6, 2019 · 6 Comments

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