From behind my mask I probably said
to the clerk the flowers were pretty. Always
in our village on the blue counter where ...
The Theatrical Concept Powerful Enough to Break a Trumpian Spell
The Great German Playwright Bertholt Brecht Knew How to Jolt an Audience Out of Narrative Complacency
How strange to watch Trump’s failed insurrection on Congress unfold from one’s living room TV during ...
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How Can a Society Apologize?
A Rabbi Asks Whether America Can Bridge ‘the Sea of Society and the River of Time’ to Atone for Its Sins
The Biblical story of the Gibeonites rarely makes it into the classroom of a Sunday School or Hebrew school, but the tale has much to say to 21st-century Americans.
The Gibeonites, a Canaanite group, forged a pact with the Israelites when the Israelites were conquering the land—but, after a series of twists and turns, wound up their permanent servants. The Gibeonites became "hewers" …
How to Teach an American Inauguration
Since 2008, My College Students Have Been Exploring—in Real Time—What the Transfer of Power Ceremony Reveals About the Nation
Wouldn’t it be cool to go to D.C. for the inauguration?” I remember telling a fellow adjunct instructor in late 2008. Barack Obama had just been elected, and most of us were filled with joy at the arrival of the nation’s first Black president. A new era of hope in America was beckoning us to take part.
“You can go, you …
A Letter From South Phoenix, Where Two Pandemics 'Have Turned American Life Feral'
Raising a Black and Brown Family Here Was Complicated, Even Before COVID Struck
A Letter From Napa Valley, Where Love Burns Hotter Than Fire
A Writer Reflects on Fleeing Northern California's Glass Fire, the Written History She Lost to the Blaze, and the Relationships That Sustain Her
A Letter From Northern Michigan, Where Remote Is Not Remote Enough to Escape COVID
A Professor Who Finds a Home in the Upper Peninsula No Longer Has the Heart to Return to the Classroom
Where I Go: Foraging for Wild Mushrooms
Chanterelles in the Market? $24.99 Per Pound. In the Forest? Priceless
Where I Go: Coming Together ’Round the Telly
In Praise of TV-Watching, the Pinnacle of Evening Entertainment
Where I Go: The Biting Cold of Open-Water Swimming
When the Ocean Temperature Plunges in the Winter, There’s Nowhere to Hide
Why Californians—of Both Parties—Should Embrace the Recall
Even When You Don’t Want to Remove a Politician, the Vote Provides a Healthy Democratic Dose of Self-Examination
Don't Tear Down L.A.’s Notorious Men's Central Jail
Transforming the Facility Into a Museum and Democracy Center Would Allow California to Remember Its Carceral Cruelty—And Create a Different Future
SLO Down, You Move Too Fast, California
In Praise of the Peaceful Pleasures of San Luis Obispo County
Black Voice News Publisher Paulette Brown-Hinds
One of My First Jobs Was Typesetter
Attorney and Former Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel
You Must Think I Have a Hill or Mountain Obsession
American Journalism Project CEO Sarabeth Berman
Every Day Was a Feast for Learning