Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

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

Video: The New York Public Library’s Collection of Weird Objects

. A lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots, and Virginia Woolf’s cane are just a few of the items of literary paraphernalia available at the New York Public … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: What would Mark Twain think of Donald Trump?

Thanks to the criticisms they’ve leveled in articles, interviews, tweets and letters to the editor, we know that many contemporary authors, from Philip Roth to J.K. Rowling, have a dim … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Mark Twain at Stormfield, 1909 (Edison film)

Shot by Thomas Edison in 1909, this digital restoration of a short film is most likely the only moving image of Twain in existence. Watch him strolling around Stormfield, his … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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