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Video: Laura Bates — Everyday Sexism

In this fascinating talk, founder of the award-winning EverydaySexismProject, Laura Bates, talks about her inspiring initiative. EveryDaySexism is a growing collection of over 50,000 women’s experiences of gender imbalance. The … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And When Lilacs Bloom There Will Be Time Enough for Both Anger and Light

After dinner one evening my daughter asks, “What if I grow up to have anger issues?” It feels like a summer night with the warm weather newly arrived and it’s … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Sebastião Salgado — The silent drama of photography

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado took up photography in his 30s, and the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Clifford Thompson: Twin of Blackness

I have come to think of blackness as my twin. The proof is that we came along at the same time: 1963, the year of my birth, also brought the … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Cheever: In Town for Lunch

In town for lunch. The air-conditioning, the smell of perfume and gin, the attentions of the headwaiter, the real and unreal sense of haste, importance, and freedom that clings to … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Interview with Pema Chodron

Bill Moyers interviews the legendary Buddhist teacher and author Pema Chodron. Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Poetry as a haunting ley-line system in the service of human evolution

A ley line is a fairy path to the Irish, a dragon line to the Chinese, a djinnway to Arabs, a spirit line to the Incas, a songline to the … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dawn Potter: Speaking of Sorrow

My son is seventeen years old, and he has a broken heart. Of course I also had a broken heart when I was seventeen, but what does that matter? My … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: On Having

After my mother died in 2001, I found myself un-layering years of accumulated expectations. One of those expectations, and what I haven’t achieved, was to have a middle-class life, get … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Death of Learning

I remember the first time the thought occurred to me that higher education may be dying in the U.S. It was around 1985 and I had just received tenure and … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sharon Doubiago: The Rape

This is a letter I received from Jack Retasket. The words are entirely his. — S.D. — 9:54 pm, April 15, 2006, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla, Oregon It is spring, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: About the contest industry and bat-shit craziness

A presumption of dandelions Another damned winner to celebrate while we poison dandelions and hardly know how to honor daffodils. Never mind the Lenten rose breaking through the snow, we … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Forgive Me, Mr. President

Maybe it’s that pesky Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Or verse 5:53 of the Koran: Who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Per Espen Stoknes: The Great Grief — How To Cope with Losing Our World

Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

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