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Between Yes and No, Heaven and Earth with Albert Camus on a Spring Morning

April 17, 2019           |                                       

To give up beauty and the sensual happiness that comes with it and devote one’s self exclusively to unhappiness requires a nobility I lack. However, after all, nothing is true that compels us to make it exclusive. Isolated beauty ends in grimaces, solitary justice in oppression. Anyone who seeks to serve the one to the […]

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An unknown number of Haitians were killed, raped, and burned alive in La Saline, Haiti, the home of African Diaspora liberation. Margaret Prescod talks about what she found The post Special Report: Haitian Resistance is Rising; US Complicity in Atrocities (2/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.

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I think poetry, if it’s going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kinds of ways: loudly and quietly, angrily and soothingly, with comedy and with dead seriousness. […] Our lives are worth every risk, every manner […]

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Living Like It Matters

February 6, 2019           |                                       

We actually do not have all the time in the world, so I am going to be bold. What you do after you finish reading this is your business and ultimately, that is exactly as it should be. We may all be facets of a larger Oneness, tiny sparks of the Divine dwelling in human […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair “One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work.” – John Berger, “Vincent Van Gogh,” Portraits Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do. I sensed early on that the economic system […]

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What Are We Working For “At Eternity’s Gate”?

January 9, 2019           |                                       

One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work. — John Berger, “Vincent Van Gogh,” Portraits Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do. I sensed early on that the economic system was a labyrinthine trap devised […]

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'My Child Was Hanging By The Sheets': Survivors' Stories From Magnitogorsk

January 4, 2019           |                                       

In the wake of a deadly apartment block explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, those who escaped are grateful to be alive. Thirty-nine bodies were recovered from the ruins of the building, which partially collapsed due to the December 31 explosion. Those who lived are looking back at their survival as nothing short of […]

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Posted by Rebecca Gordon at 8:09am, December 6, 2018.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Many thanks to TD readers for, in the seasonal spirit, sending in donations for signed, personalized copies of Ben Fountain’s remarkable new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution. For those of you who meant to […]

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Journalist and critic Geeta Dayal on the path that led her to music journalism, the importance of deep research and varied reading, and why writing is always ultimately a hopeful act. When we first met, we lived on opposite sides of the Bay Bridge. You live in Los Angeles now. As a writer, who might […]

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San Francisco Dusk, 14 March 2018 (Photo by Manuel Garcia Jr. taken from a ridge crest due east of the Golden Gate Bridge) Climate Change / Energy Transformation is a great challenge for us all. Approached with gusto, solidarity and creativity, it could be an exhilarating rebirth of everything and everyone we know – we […]

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Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven and his wife Ulla Lofven walk out to cast their votes in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 9, 2018. Shi Tiansheng/ Press Association. All rights reserved. First I hear the drums. Then red flags and banners appear at the corner leading up to Kungsgatan, a central street in Stockholm. A brass […]

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Curators Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen on making a curatorial project sustainable

August 20, 2018           |                                       

Obviously, the museum emerged out of your involvement in comedy. But if it was kind of a joke at first, it’s taken on some other kind of quality. Viviana Olen: Oh, yeah. It’s our life now, the museum. Matt: I think they were very fun and the exhibits have a sense of humor, every one […]

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