The Problem with Poetry Students, and Other Lessons from Derek Walcott - The New Yorker
One night in the fall of 2002, I was out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with the poet Derek Walcott, who had been my professor in the graduate poetry program at Boston University.
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The Health-Care Debacle Was a Failure of Conservatism - The New Yorker
Let the recriminations begin! Actually, the health-care-failure finger-pointing got under way well before Friday, when Donald Trump and Paul Ryan cancelled a House vote on the American Health Care Act.
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2 days ago
Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul - The New Yorker
Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of themselves that, in turn, made more copies.
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4 days ago
The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July - The New Yorker
At 6:35 A.M. on Monday, a few hours before the House Intelligence Committee convened its first public hearing on Russian involvement in the U.S. election, President Donald J. Trump asserted once more that the issue was nothing more than an elaborate political distraction.
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7 days ago
The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency - The New Yorker
Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for forty-five years, has been prodding insurgent Presidential
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8 days ago
This Brilliant Memoir Will Challenge What You Think You Know About Loss and Pregnancy | Mother Jones
For most of her life, Ariel Levy's disregard for rules and expectations has mostly paid off. As a child, she preferred adventurous make-believe to playing house.
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8 days ago
Openly Dedicated | Gardner Writes
When I got to college, I discovered there was a thing called intellectual history. Part of intellectual history, I also learned, was intellectual lineage: not just idea leading to idea, but thinker leading to thinker. Groups of writers interacting synchronously and asynchronously.
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9 days ago
www.nytimes.com
Joe Biden’s personal compartment on the modified Boeing 757 that serves as Air Force Two had the feel of a motel manager’s office equipped with state-of-the-art communications gear.
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9 days ago
The real You, part 1 – a n n i e m u e l l e r
So it’s like this. You exist in this fullness. When you are born, you are already full and complete and perfect. Everything is potential. So much possibility. No limits. It’s exhilarating and exciting and you’re unstoppable.
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9 days ago
Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words - The New Yorker
As a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump led a charmed existence. Whatever he said, no matter how outrageous, it didn’t seem to hurt him.
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10 days ago
Erick Erickson Is Sorry About Some of the Things He Has Said - The New Yorker
Erick Erickson, the forty-one-year-old right-wing radio host and political pundit whom The Atlantic described in 2015 as “the most powerful conservative in America,” has made a career of online provocation.
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11 days ago
The Unlikely Liberal Hero Adam Schiff Is Ready to Investigate Trump - The New Yorker
On Monday, March 20th, the House intelligence committee will hold its first open hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential campaign.
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13 days ago
Confessions of a Watch Geek - The New Yorker
At the start of 2016, I had a bad feeling. Time was not working right. Some weeks were as snappy as days, others were as elastic as months, and the months felt as if they were either bleeding into one another three at a time—Jabruarch—or segmenting into Gregorian-calendar city-states. Feb. Rue.
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13 days ago
Dad doesn’t call 911, treats girl’s gunshot with 1st aid kit | The Seattle Times
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was arrested after police say he treated his daughter’s gunshot wound with a first aid kit instead of calling 911. The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2mFlll7 ) 30-year-old Maurice Jones was jailed Sunday child abuse and gun charges.
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14 days ago
Have You Lost Your Mind? - The New Yorker
“Write about what you know,” the creative-writing teachers advise, hoping to avoid twenty-five stories about robots in love on Mars. And what could you know better than the inside of your own head? Almost anything.
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14 days ago
The Fasinatng… Fascinating History of Autocorrect | WIRED
Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect.
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16 days ago
Geronimo’s Pass | Center for Humans & Nature
There was a time when the leaders of biology were naturalists: Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, Henry Bates, and Louis Agassiz.
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17 days ago
If America’s public lands were a business, the GOP would be bungling the balance sheet - LA Times
American politicians have always been obsessed with running government “like a business.” They promise to make bureaucracies leaner and let the free market fix all our problems.
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18 days ago
Limor Fried’s Artful Electronics - The New Yorker
In 1880, Giovanni Morelli, a sixty-four-year-old critic and historian from Italy, caused a sensation in the art world.
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18 days ago
The American Health Care Act: the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained - Vox
House Republicans released their long-awaited replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The American Health Care Act was developed in conjunction with the White House and Senate Republicans.
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20 days ago
Trump is performing the role of president, not doing the job - Vox
The Donald Trump Show is getting stale, old, and, frankly, a little bit boring. President Trump’s big speech before Congress on Tuesday night was the epitome of the show.
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26 days ago
The two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves |
We’ve all created our own personal histories, marked by highs and lows, that we share with the world — and we can shape them to live with more meaning and purpose.
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27 days ago
Sanity from the Courts on Gun Control in a Time of Trump - The New Yorker
It may be small comfort to read a court decision rooted in the desire to prevent another Newtown-style massacre from happening at a time when the President of the United States is eager to listen to a figure from beyond the lunatic fringe like Alex Jones, who claims that the school shooting in
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28 days ago
The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan - The New Yorker
Kenneth Lonergan, the screenwriter, director, and playwright, wears a wristwatch that is set fifteen minutes fast—an effort, he told me when we first met, to correct a stubborn habit of lateness.
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29 days ago
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War - The New Yorker
On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—aktivniye meropriyatiya—against the reëlection campaign of President Ronald Reagan.
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4 weeks ago
Forbes Welcome
I’m reading Chris Dombrowski’s Body of Water now. This is what some of us anglers in northern climes do in the middle of winter when we lack the time or money or luck to find ourselves in South America, New Zealand or the Bahamas. We read. We reflect.
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4 weeks ago
www.nytimes.com
As a medical resident working 30-hour shifts, I quickly came to cherish those rare moments when I could duck out of the bustling and brightly lit hospital corridors and lay my head on a pillow. Granted, it was often in a barren call room with a stiff mattress and a rumbling heater.
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4 weeks ago
Can H. R. McMaster Survive as Trump’s National-Security Adviser? - The New Yorker
Whenever I think of H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s choice to be his national-security adviser, I picture him throwing a football with his soldiers on a muddy field outside Tal Afar, Iraq.
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4 weeks ago
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life.
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4 weeks ago
When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes - ProPublica
First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood pressure was a bit high, but everything else looked good, and he exercised regularly. Then he had a scare. He went for a brisk post-lunch walk on a cool winter day, and his chest began to hurt.
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Trump's Ethos: Truth Is What You Can Get Away With - The Atlantic
Trump’s attacks on the free press don’t just threaten the media—they undermine the public’s capacity to think, act, and defend democracy.
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4 weeks ago
Melinda Gates is on a mission to boost women in tech fields | The Seattle Times
Melinda Gates has some advice for tech workers flooding into Seattle for jobs at Amazon and other cutting-edge companies: Do your part to make the field more diverse.
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5 weeks ago
What’s Wrong with Me? - The New Yorker
Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.
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5 weeks ago
302 Found
One day last summer I was creeping in my rental car along the Alameda de las Pulgas — the Avenue of Fleas — in Menlo Park, trying to spot a house number without getting rear-ended. This wasn’t going to be the usual product demo.
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5 weeks ago
Insomniac City: Bill Hayes’s Extraordinary Love Letter to New York, Oliver Sacks, and Love Itself – Brain Pickings
Mary Oliver wrote in her beautiful meditation on how differences bring couples closer together.
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5 weeks ago
The Pool | Life - First love is heady and dramatic. Thirtysomething love is altogether calmer
Some people – a very few, I think – have the uncommon fortune to fall in love one time and carry on loving that person, and being loved back, for ever and ever.
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5 weeks ago
Michael Flynn, General Chaos - The New Yorker
Two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former intelligence officer, sat down in a Washington restaurant.
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5 weeks ago
Holding Trump Accountable - The New Yorker
Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution allows for the removal of a President who can no longer discharge his duties but is unable or unwilling to say so.
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5 weeks ago
www.nytimes.com
What books are currently on your night stand? I am finishing up Michael Chabon’s miraculous “Moonglow” and picking away at Woody Guthrie’s strange “House of Earth,” which contains one of the best, slowest, hottest, yet most quotidian sex-in-a-barn scenes ever.
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5 weeks ago
Ana Navarro and the P-Word - The New Yorker
The pundit and Republican strategist Ana Navarro has called Donald Trump a “vile bigot,” “flat-out racist,” “jerk,” “swamp thing,” and “crazy orange man with an unidentifiable furry object on his head ranting into the wind.
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5 weeks ago
Trump’s Flailing Foreign Policy Bewilders the World - The New Yorker
When I was five, I almost drowned after stepping into the deep end of a lake. I can still recall the terror, my small arms flailing toward the sunlight above the water, my legs kicking in all directions to find ground.
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5 weeks ago
Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing: Some of the Wisest Words to Create and Live By – Brain Pickings
In Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life — one of the finest, most insightful reflections on the creative experience ever committed to words — writer Dani Shapiro mentions a set of instructions by the poet Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947–April 22, 1995), a writing mantra of
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5 weeks ago
Kissing the Dead - The New Yorker
He was gone. I heard the final, awful rattle, the ragged, gasping breath that I couldn’t help thinking was full of his angry, determined desire to beat this impossible thing that had happened to him. He’d taken a fall. He’d hit his head. Now he was dead.
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5 weeks ago
Passion - The New Yorker
When Grace goes looking for the Traverses’ summer house, in the Ottawa Valley, it has been many years since she was in that part of the country. And, of course, things have changed.
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5 weeks ago
Inside the Tech Industry's Obsession With Immortality | New Republic
In October of 1994, Wired magazine ran a feature about a new Californian subculture, cheerfully titled “MEET THE EXTROPIANS.” Extropianism, the article enthused, was a philosophy of transcendence.
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5 weeks ago
The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles | Grist
Just two years ago, Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface. That was in the middle of California’s epic drought — the worst in more than a millennium. And then the rains came.
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5 weeks ago
Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex | WIRED
The first article about Donald Trump that Boris ever published described how, during a campaign rally in North Carolina, the candidate slapped a man in the audience for disagreeing with him. This never happened, of course.
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5 weeks ago
No Limits - Vox
Timmy Morrison was delivered by emergency C-section, weighing in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces. Doctors put him under anesthesia within a week and into surgery within a month. Parts of his stomach sometimes made their way to his lungs. Workers in the intensive care unit frequently needed to resuscitate him.
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5 weeks ago
Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast - The New Yorker
When the President of the United States travels outside the country, he brings his own car with him.
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5 weeks ago
The Embarrassment of President Trump - The New Yorker
This can’t go on much longer, can it? In the past, the nation has had do-nothing Presidencies, and scandal-ridden Presidencies, and failed Presidencies, but until Donald J. Trump came along there hasn’t been a truly embarrassing Presidency.
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5 weeks ago
What Trump Wants Bill O’Reilly, and All of Us, to Forget - The New Yorker
“Is there any validity to the criticism of you that you say things you can’t back up factually?” Bill O’Reilly asked President Donald Trump, in a pre-Super Bowl interview in the White House.
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5 weeks ago
Ghostwriter Barbara Feinman’s Pretend I’m Not Here, reviewed.
In 1996, the ghostwriter Barbara Feinman endured the worst year of her professional life. Her job—as the title of her memoir, Pretend I’m Not Here, indicates—was to fade into the background.
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5 weeks ago
Obama’s Lost Army | New Republic
On July 20, 2008, Mitch Kapor, the creator of Lotus 1-2-3 and a longtime denizen of Silicon Valley’s intellectual elite, dialed in to a conference call hosted by Christopher Edley Jr., a senior policy adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
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5 weeks ago
Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left - Vox
A prescient passage from a forgotten book has been making the rounds since Donald Trump’s election. It’s plucked from a 1998 book titled Achieving our Country. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal philosopher who died in 2007.
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6 weeks ago
Why We Walk - The New Yorker
Why people walk is a hard question that looks easy. Upright bipedalism seems such an obvious advantage from the viewpoint of those already upright that we rarely see its difficulty.
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6 weeks ago
www.nytimes.com
What will you do when terrorists attack, or U.S. friction with some foreign power turns into a military confrontation? I don’t mean in your personal life, where you should keep calm and carry on. I mean politically. Think about it carefully: The fate of the republic may depend on your answer.
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6 weeks ago
Today in Obamacare: Atul Gawande explains why Obamacare repeal is terrible for science - Vox
Republicans have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (precise plans, TBD). And there’s rightfully lots of worry about the fate of the preexisting condition clause, which finally prohibited insurance companies from denying people coverage based on a history of disease.
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6 weeks ago
Floating Wood Book Shelf – Wood&Faulk
When living in a small space, storage is everything. After moving a little while ago and slimming down some of my library, I was in need of a simple shelf that was extra sturdy and wasn't a huge mounting hassle.
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6 weeks ago
When Things Go Missing - The New Yorker
A couple of years ago, I spent the summer in Portland, Oregon, losing things. I normally live on the East Coast, but that year, unable to face another sweltering August, I decided to temporarily decamp to the West. This turned out to be strangely easy.
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7 weeks ago
The Books We’re Turning to Now - The New Yorker
I’ve been rereading Sergei Dovlatov’s “The Compromise,” a collection of comic vignettes about life in Soviet Estonia. It’s got everything we need for our times: authoritarian ineptitude, fake news, anti-Semitism. Who knew we’d find ourselves suddenly living in the U.S.S.R.
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7 weeks ago
The Deep Denialism of Donald Trump - The New Yorker
Donald Trump is hardly the first President to lie to the American people. Nor is he the first to place ideology before data. But this White House, unlike any other, has already crossed the threshold into a space where facts appear to mean nothing.
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7 weeks ago
Trump’s Radical Anti-Americanism - The New Yorker
Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, the couple who did so much to bear witness to the terrible truths of the Second World War, came to town last week to introduce their new memoir to an American audience.
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7 weeks ago
Trip Planner: Brookings - 1859 Oregon's Magazine
In the southwest corner of Oregon, six miles from the California border, is unpretentious Brookings. This coastal mill and fishing town at the mouth of the Chetco River remains true to its roots, too far from population centers to attract the crowds of Seaside or Lincoln City.
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7 weeks ago
From “Drain the Swamp” to Government Sachs - The New Yorker
Until now, Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs, has been the invisible member of the Trump Administration. Now we know why: he has been busy preparing favors for his old pals on Wall Street.
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7 weeks ago
Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof - The New Yorker
Early on the morning of December 7th, a dozen officers from the Department of Homeland Security were stationed outside the federal courthouse at 85 Broad Street, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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7 weeks ago
www.nytimes.com
It was dark when Shay Nartker drove to a quiet spot alongside the Ohio River. Earlier that day, he had met with a friend who had driven down from Columbus, Ohio, to Cincinnati to speak with him about his concerns over what was, or what wasn’t, happening in Mr. Nartker’s life.
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7 weeks ago
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard
An earlier version of this story appeared in Das Magazin in December. On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich.
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7 weeks ago
www.nytimes.com
In Philadelphia, before the first game of the N.B.A. season, Russell Westbrook worked through his warm-up routine. He was loose and laughing but — as always — precise.
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7 weeks ago
“Becoming Warren Buffett,” the Man, Not the Investor - The New Yorker
Over the end credits of the new HBO documentary “Becoming Warren Buffett,” we hear the incongruous sound of Buffett singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in a cracking voice.
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7 weeks ago
How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism. It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years.
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8 weeks ago
Jim Harrison: Poet | Explore Big Sky
Jim Harrison was a screenplay writer, a novelist, a master of the often-neglected novella form, and a talented essayist. While he might be best known for his collection of novellas “Legends of the Fall,” he considered himself first and foremost to be a poet.
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8 weeks ago
Why My Student Voted for Trump
This post originally appeared at Mother Jones. This past October, I taught a weeklong seminar on the history of conservatism to honors students from around the state of Oklahoma. In five long days, my nine very engaged students and I got to know each other fairly well.
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8 weeks ago
On the Inauguration of Donald Trump: Preserve, Protect, and Defend - The New Yorker
On September 17, 1787, as Benjamin Franklin was leaving the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, at Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, a woman called out to him, saying, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” The ratification of the Constitution, H. W.
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8 weeks ago
The Tragic Death of Mark Baumer, a Prolific Poet and Environmental Activist for the Social-Media Age - The New Yorker
The writer and activist Mark Baumer, who died this week, at the age of thirty-three, was a compulsive social-media diarist. He produced tens of entries each day on a mess of online platforms, posting poems, photographs, videos of prank calls, minutes-long collages of his daily activities.
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8 weeks ago
Every book Barack Obama recommended during his presidency
President Obama is a reader. NY Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed Obama about his reading just before he left office. Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr.
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8 weeks ago
My Writer’s Idyll is a Busy, Messy, Full Life | Literary Hub
Read More Before his death at a Siberian transit camp in 1938, Osip Mandelstam famously uttered, “Only in Russia is poetry respected—it...
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