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The Wedding Singer: Union Man

by Christopher Bacas I left a Texas college somewhere between my Sophomore and Junior years. My body and saxophone continued to attend for another year and half.

Long Live The King

by Max Sirak Happy Presidents Day, ‘Murica!!! Ah, nothing like a made-up holiday to honor the CEO of our oligarchy.  Mmmm…drink it in.

Monday Poem

Things We Learn Things come to us out of nowhere they come Surfers riding waves we learn the nuances of gravity its center-of, its bonding property, its Gs, its fatal promise, we learn how to stand erect and, for the most part, stay that way learn how to take a fall how to shuck and jive through sti

Stateless, on Stage

by Katrin Trüstedt Fundamental questions of migration and asylum that determine contemporary political debates also take center stage in some contemporary theaters.

Evolution is not progress

by Paul Braterman Evolution has nothing to do with progress. Most evolution doesn't even have anything to do with adaptation, and it is perfectly possible for a change that is worse than useless to spread through a population.

Why some neuroscientists call consciousness "the c-word"

by Yohan J. John As a neuroscientist, I am frequently asked about consciousness. In academic discourse, the celebrated problem of consciousness is often divided into two parts: the "Easy Problem" involves identifying the processes in the brain that correlate with particular conscious experiences.


by Brooks Riley

Fight the Bannonality of Evil

by Claire Chambers In her 1963 book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt argues that there is nothing in evil that is radical or lucid.

White Noise

by Elise Hempel I admit that Obama sometimes bored me. Not when he was fired up, almost singing, gospel-style, at a rally.

Long Live The King

by Max Sirak Happy Presidents Day, ‘Murica!!! Ah, nothing like a made-up holiday to honor the CEO of our oligarchy.  Mmmm…drink it in.

Indian Literature in English After Arundhati Roy

Ulka Anjaria in the Boston Review: Arundhati Roy In June of 1997, on the verge of graduating from high school, I received an award for my study of foreign languages, a book wrapped in blue shiny paper.

Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection

Hannah Devlin in The Guardian: The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.

A Battle for the Soul of Pakistan

Beena Sarwar in The Wire: I wonder if the bangle sellers outside the shrine are alive. I still have some chunky glass bangles I bought, bargaining more for the sake of it than to save money.

How a Ruthless Network of Super-Rich Ideologues Killed Choice and Destroyed People’s Faith in Politics

George Monbiot in Evonomics: The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975.

“Old” Food Reduces Lifespan

Lydialyle Gibson in Harvard Magazine: What causes aging? “Scientists have been thinking about this question for centuries,” says Harvard professor of medicine Vadim Gladyshev.

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The Harlem Renaissance’s New Chapter

John Williams in The New York Times: Black History Month this year brings with it a significant addition to the history of African-American literature: “Amiable With Big Teeth,” a “lost” novel by the notable Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay.

Writing in the heat of crisis

Caryl Emerson in the TLS: Perhaps the first thing a reader senses about a crisis-narrative is where the writer stands in time.