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Monday Poem


Pakistan is digging trenches —graves for people who have not yet died as the country prepares for another record-breaking heat wave.

Skepticism about skepticism


by Dave Maier If you ever meet a guy who tells you that he is a skeptic, most likely he means that he doesn’t believe in angels or fairies or anything “metaphysical”.

Monday Poem


Pakistan is digging trenches —graves for people who have not yet died as the country prepares for another record-breaking heat wave.

Searching For America


by Michael Liss Film still from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance It is time for navel-gazing here in the US.

Memorial Day: The Heartbreaking Convergence of Freedom and Fear


by Humera Afridi Mere steps from Castle Clinton in Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan, stands a striking bronze sculpture titled, The Immigrants.

The Banality Of Neoliberalism (As Exemplified By The Clintons) And Why Americans Never Saw Its Evil (Until Occupy, Bernie Sanders And Donald Trump Alerted Us)


by Evert Cilliers aka Adam Ash If it hadn't been for the disaster that was George W. Bush, the worst president of our time would be that arch-neoliberal serial philanderer Bill Clinton.

between mountains and the sea (山海间)


by Leanne Ogasawara I was recently reading a book by the dreadful Robert Kaplan on the topic of China and the South China Sea, in which the author suggested that Chinese culture exists in one of its purest forms in Malaysia.

Franz Wright's Poetry of Remission


by Evan Edwards I have a copy of Franz Wright's Walking to Martha’s Vineyard on my bedside table. It has been there since my son was born last year.

The Prescriptivist's Progress


by Ryan Ruby This month, two minor controversies revived the specter of the "language wars" and reintroduced the literary internet to the distinction between prescriptivism and descriptivism.

Grandpa, Proust, Ulysses and World War II


by Bill Benzon My paternal grandfather, Axel Benzon, was a Dane. He and his wife, Louise, immigrated to America early in the 20th Century.

CATSPEAK


by Brooks Riley

Hotter


by Akim Reinhardt Hotter. I need it to be hotter. I'm sitting in the backyard of my sister's carriage house apartment in Orange, California, a circle of jolly boutique and micro brew quaintness amid the sprawling shit hole that is Orange Country.

Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: Angry Birds and Angry Voters


by Matt McKenna Angry Birds is one of those generic children’s films that incorporates already popular intellectual property to mitigate the risk of losing money.

Current Genres of Fate: Fate's Epic Side


—because despite being enlightened, civilized, advanced, and free, we are trapped— by Paul North In the 1930s a Hungarian psychiatrist, Leopold Szondi, began to think that families predetermine the lives of their members, before he was deported to Bergen-Belsen because his family was Jewish.

Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: Angry Birds and Angry Voters


by Matt McKenna Angry Birds is one of those generic children’s films that incorporates already popular intellectual property to mitigate the risk of losing money.

Hotter


by Akim Reinhardt Hotter. I need it to be hotter. I'm sitting in the backyard of my sister's carriage house apartment in Orange, California, a circle of jolly boutique and micro brew quaintness amid the sprawling shit hole that is Orange Country.

FABLE


Charles Yu in The New Yorker: Once upon a time, there was a man whose therapist thought it would be a good idea for the man to work through some stuff by telling a story about that stuff.

A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France


Ed Yong in The Atlantic: In February 1990, thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Bruno Kowalsczewski, footsteps echoed through the chambers of Bruniquel Cave for the first time in tens of thousands of years.

Robert Reich: It’s time for Clinton and Sanders supporters to swallow some tough medicine


With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like.  Robert Reich in Raw Story: First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don’t try to drum Bernie Sanders out of the race before Hillary Clinton officially gets the nomination (if she in fact does get it).

WRITERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka in Literary Hub: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power; Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled di


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