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February 27

Everyone’s got a different way of coping with the Trump presidency. Some resist, some make fun on the internets, some prefer to hide under the nearest rock. Retired physician Nora Morgenstern has taken a different approach. Jarred by an act of hate speech that occurred soon after the election, Morgenstern resolved to write an open letter to the President. And then another. And another. And another . . . .

After participation in the Women’s March, Morgenstern decided she’d keep going through the first 100 days of the Presidency—to create both a historical record and a personal journal. Here’s one entry from the 25th, on fascism, CPAC, and geese. Check back at Morgenstern’s HuffPo index page to find more daily letters!

February 06

We mourn the passing of Dore Ashton, dear friend and Seven Stories Advisory Board member from the very beginning. Dore never lost her passion for the new, the political, the just, the defiant, and will always continue to teach us the way forward.

See the New York Times obituary here and a lovely remembrance from Hyperallergic here.
January 24

by D. D. Guttenplan

Why didn’t we see it coming? And by “we” I include not just the media—mainstream, lamestream, the entire spectrum from, say, The Nation on the left to Commentary and National Review on the right. But also those supposedly hard-nosed empiricists at FiveThirtyEight and the wiseguys (since this was mostly guys) at the New York Times’s TheUpshot, none of whom gave Trump a better than one in three chance of winning.

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January 17

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“The course of history does bend toward justice,
but it must be gripped hard by those who seek it.”
- Justin Sayre

In a few days, our great nation will officially put a man into office. We all know who that man is, and his name strikes great chords of fear and confusion within our democracy. But it is not his name we fear, it’s what he represents.

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January 11

We mourn the death of our friend and author Nat Hentoff, a great man, deeply principled, intolerant of intolerance.

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