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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

Amoroleck’s Words

Karenne Wood Markings on Earth
On the anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the Caribbean, Virginia poet Karenne Wood depicts the tragic result for North America’s indigenous people.

Review: ‘Warrior Women’

Chelsea Phillips-Carr POV Magazine
Warrior Women is about progress, and this extends to the personal sphere as well as the public. It is a progress that comes with respect for the women that came first--the ability to use knowledge of the past to build something even more powerful.

Nut Milks are Milk!

Benjamin Kemper Smithsonian Magazine
To the consternation of the dairy industry, in many cultures labeling the juice from almonds and soy beans ‘milk’ follows centuries of history.

City Lights

Peter Neil Carroll Marin Poetry Center Anthology XXI 2018
In multicultural San Francisco, poet Peter Neil Carroll captures the local support for refugee rights.

Missing the Dark Satanic Mills

Deborah Cohen New York Review of Books
After three centuries, giant factories remain sites not only of production for use but of exploitation, class warfare and environmental degradation. The book author writes of how the factory still effects our dreams and nightmares.

The G.O.P. is Destroying Wisconsin -- and We Should All Be Worried

Jim Swearingen The National Book Review
Wisconsin is one of several states with proud progressive, working class histories that are now the focus of the Republican Party's experiments in deeply conservative government. This book recounts the legacy of that experiment.