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November 11

An excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without a Country:

The most I can give you to cling to is a poor thing, actually. Not much better than nothing, and maybe it’s a little worse than nothing. It is the idea of a truly modern hero. It is the bare bones of the life of Ignaz Semmelweis, my hero.

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November 09

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. . . . This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”

—Frederick Douglass

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November 07
Does America deserve to survive?

That's the question William Faulkner asked himself after the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till, and that's the question Ariel Dorfman has found himself wondering in 2016, during his pilgrimage to Faulkner's hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.

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November 01

Did you know that the U.S. military is deployed in 70% of the world's nations? Or that leaked State Deptartment cables show that the U.S. planned to instigate civil strife in Syria as early in 2006? What about the chronic problem of medical neglect in private, for-profit, U.S. immigrant-only jails?

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October 25
Listen to a panel discussion moderated by Dan Simon (Seven Stories Press) with editors Matt Lord (Boston Review), Katherine Rowland (Guernica), and Dayna Tortorici (n+1).

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