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sometimes I forget what country I’m in I could write poems in bed I think have some Americans look at your awful mov- ie to tell you when you’re wrong & just racist. I got this bug bite           that could be anything. — the opening lines of Dissolution, by Eileen Myles[1]   The August 24 […]

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Writing for Slate.com this week, Mark Joseph Stern addressed the most recent challenge to Obergefell v. Hodges, the recent decision granting gay couples nationwide the right to marry. The challenge comes from Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky who continues to refuse marriage licenses to gay applicants. More specifically, the challenge comes in the form of an […]

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A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.  Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.

Juan Felipe Herrera’s story is a nice one. Born in California in 1948, he grew up picking crops with his migrant worker parents in the San Joaquin and Salinas Valleys.  After graduating from San Diego High School, Herrera went on to complete degrees at UCLA, Stanford and the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has […]

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After having read countless authors who cite Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and having intuitively come to many Jane Jacobs-esque conclusions on my own over the years, I finally decided it was time to read the original work. Many of the conclusions Jacobs comes to resonate with my personal experience. Critiquing the notion […]

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William James is known as the father of American Psychology and a Philosopher of Religious Experience par excellence. He also could exhibit a wide range of mood and sensibility. I just came across this – something new to me – in an account of James’ well-known struggles, especially in his youth, over meaning or purpose […]

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John Nichols— Washington Bureau Chief for The Nation Magazine— published a brief piece last week remembering the impact a young Julian Bond made at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Mr. Bond passed away earlier this month at the age of seventy-five after an inspiring career as a civil rights leader, and Nichols’ recounting of his role at the […]

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I’ve just read The Chinese Cultural Revolution Reconsidered: Beyond Purge and Holocaust, a collection of essays that consider the social, political, economic, and psychological factors that contributed to the 1966-76 period. It was the first I had read about the Maoist period in years, after my thorough disenchantment with Maoists in Nepal. My renewed interest in the […]

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I’ve just received a collection of essays on nature that includes exchanges among academics allied with ecology, literature, and theology. What caught my eye was an essay titled, “Dream Writing.” It reminds me of Thoreau’s phrase, “dreaming awake.” That’s what it was to look skyward from his skiff in the center of Walden Pond. The […]

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering these lines from the poem Going Back, which was written in Catalan by Gemma Gorga; translated to English by poet, linguist, and translator Anna Crowe; and published in Six Catalan Poets (Arc Publications, 2013). This poem might be one of those rare gems that transcends those large […]

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Writing for The Nation, Michelle Chen laments a recent ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that rejected an attempt by graduate student instructors at The New School to unionize. She notes that despite performing what appears to be “labor” by most measures, graduate student teachers and researchers are considered to […]

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There is an undocumented age crisis that occurs in the early thirties. Indeed, the onset of this decade might mark the actual “coming of age.” Eighteen is still shrouded by the incredulous, protective shield of childhood, as is any age before twenty nine. But thirty-three is different. It is lucid and stunned and dismayed at […]

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A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.  Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.

There is an undocumented age crisis that occurs in the early thirties. Indeed, the onset of this decade might mark the actual “coming of age.” Eighteen is still shrouded by the incredulous, protective shield of childhood, as is any age before twenty nine. But thirty-three is different. It is lucid and stunned and dismayed at […]

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September 2, 2015

Wonderful poem! And I am glad to be reminded of this rich vein of incantation poetry, we might call it. However, I am less reminded of "Howl" then of Ginsberg's colleague Anne Waldman and her 1974 "Fast-Speaking Woman" collection. For example, the opening lines of "Pressure": "When I see you climb the walls I climb them too No way out of the cosmic mudhole! No way out of the telephone booth The classroom, the igloo No way out of the church, the temple, the mosque The A train the D train the noisy bar the department store No way out of the tunnel Out of the river the lake the ocean the ...

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There is an undocumented age crisis that occurs in the early thirties. Indeed, the onset of this decade might mark the actual “coming of age.” Eighteen is still shrouded by the incredulous, protective shield of childhood, as is any age before twenty nine. But thirty-three is different. It is lucid and stunned and dismayed at […]

September 1, 2015

That James quotation is a mystery, all right. I tried to track it down on the various quotation websites, but they never give specific citations, just authorship. That’s because they’re all copying from one another and could care less. Also, quotations unmoored from their contexts tend to drift away from their original phrasing. I notice that the novelty t-shirt companies, those that adorn their shirts with pictures of famous people along with associated words of wisdom, tend to omit the last words of this particular quote. And for good reason: the quotation makes far more sense witho...

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There is an undocumented age crisis that occurs in the early thirties. Indeed, the onset of this decade might mark the actual “coming of age.” Eighteen is still shrouded by the incredulous, protective shield of childhood, as is any age before twenty nine. But thirty-three is different. It is lucid and stunned and dismayed at […]

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August 31, 2015

Lack of citations segment fascinating. If we were (with the help of empirical studies?) to come to the conclusion that most such studies reflected, above all, the normative baggage of the researchers, we might learn to embrace those not afraid to speak for themselves? And perhaps social science could be compared to some branches of mathematics, in which possibilities are developed on a purely theoretical or imaginative basis, and it is left to time (and capital?) to decide on their usefulness in some other "real world"? Meanwhile and perhaps naively, we are shocked, again and again, by the ...

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