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Lyndsey Stonebridge: The plague novel you need to read is by Bachmann, not Camus

What does it mean to live in the plague – every day, across generations and without an exit strategy?

January 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Muse of Memory

Nothing stirs but the wind that rattles rain gutters and pulls on the hinges of blistered shutters. A pair of boots has been left out on a patio of gray flagstones, the mud still clinging to their heels like forgotten promises.

January 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: 10 ways to boost your immune system against COVID-19

Join Dr. Irminne Van Dyken as she shares how to boost your immune system against the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. We discuss practical ways to get your immune system up to snuff, making you more defensible against illness.

December 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: 2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: US Food Banks Struggle as 1 in 6 Families With Children Don’t Have Enough to Eat

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), said that “Congress has the power to address this crisis,” and asked, “Why aren’t we doing it?”

November 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Shopping Upstairs

Terror, stasis, glints of hope.
Ghosts of evils that came before,
plague and depression, civil war,
take on new life. So here we are.

November 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

A nation could not have been more poorly positioned to fight COVID-19 than by the Trump administration.

November 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kenny Stancil: Covid-19 Soars to New Heights as Trump Sabotages Transition

We’re in an unbelievably dangerous moment with coronavirus where the full weight of government at all levels needs to be focused on saving lives, and instead Donald Trump is trying a ham-fisted theft of the election.

November 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Herding People to Slaughter

The dangerous fringe theory behind the Great Barrington Declaration and the push toward herd immunity.

October 28, 2020 · 5 Comments

Charles W. Brice: Stupidity

The guy in his MAGA cap
yells at my friend
that she’s a scaremonger
for wearing a mask

October 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: As the Virus Rampages through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price

Essential workers in the United States continue to face relentless and tragic pressures, most notably from federal and state leaders who dismiss the science on COVID-19, and from bosses who mock the use of masks, skirt or ignore recommended safety protocols, and skimp on protective equipment.

October 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Rachel Hadas:’What goes around comes around,’ or what Greek mythology says about Donald Trump

When I studied and taught Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King,” the stress was on hubris, irony, blindness. What wasn’t emphasized is that the play was written during and is set in the midst of a plague.

October 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

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