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Dear Miss Jeantel:

Lolita Stewart-White Heartjournalonline
Florida-based poet Lolita Stewart-White addresses the paradox of race hatred that seems never to go away.



Mary Anna Dunn Tar River Poetry Review
Reflecting contemporary tensions that explode into violence, Virginia poet Mary Anna Dunn explores the failures of imagination to create resolution.


Donald Trump Goes to the Movies

Frank Bruni The New York Times
"I can’t think of a previous batch of statuette-season contenders so politically on point and of the moment, and I credit — although that’s not quite the right word — Donald Trump. His rise and presidency have brought so many of the cancers of American life to the surface, where we can no longer avoid them, and the movies reflect that. He’ll be at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards not just as the butt of a gazillion jokes. He’ll be there as an inspiration."


Tough Guys

Kenyon Gradert Dissent
The author enlivens a type of working-class society where capitalism compensates poor men with the role of tough guy, all in the writer's effort to "bring the left to life."The End of Eddy does so in a style both plainspoken and visceral, using Louis's own childhood trials--like his protagonist much abused as a gay kid in a dead-end factory town --as a window onto the pathologies of a cloistered working-class existence.


Willing to Be Reckless

Ange Mlinko Poetry Magazine
This new edition of the poetry of early 20th Century modernist poet Marianne Moore will be welcomed by all who love her formally innovative, humorous, and deeply humanist verse.


Film Review: 'All the Money in the World'

Randolf Shannon Portside
"The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force." The German Ideology, Karl Marx


Calorie Counts on Menus Make a Difference

Editor, University of Technology Sydney University of Technology Sydney
Calorie counts make a difference! Listing them on menus influences consumer choices.



Esther Cohen
Asked to addressed the word “resistance,” New York poet Esther Cohen responds “courage,” which is not what the teacher expects, which helps define “resistance.”
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