"Let Them Eat McMansions," Thomas Frank

"Inequality is the point of the McMansion…"

'I don't want a normal life without any creatures in it,' Kim says, her voice ragged from crying, but contemptuous nonetheless. 'I want an extraordinary life, with everything in it.'

Stacey Richter, “The Cavemen in the Hedges”

"Portraits of Reconciliation," Pieter Hugo and Susan Dominus

This is staggering.

Yarn bomb of a shopping cart. Burbank, California. Photo by Marissa Lynn.

Yarn bomb of a shopping cart. Burbank, California. Photo by Marissa Lynn.

"The Overprotected Kid," Hanna Rosin

Yes to playgrounds where you can light things on fire. Yes to wandering. Yes to the end of hysteria about strangers.

"Confessions of a Drone Warrior," Matthew Power

"How would he feel, living beneath the shadow of robotic surveillance? “Horrible,” he says now. But at first, he believed that the mission was vital, that drones were capable of limiting the suffering of war, of saving lives. When this notion conflicted with the things he witnessed in high resolution from two miles above, he tried to put it out of his mind. Over time he found that the job made him numb: a ‘zombie mode’ he slipped into as easily as his flight suit."

The Oregon chub is the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species list. Photo by Dave Herasimtschuk.

The Oregon chub is the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species list. Photo by Dave Herasimtschuk.

"Reasonable Birth Choices," Molly Sutton Kiefer


Please indicate which options you would prefer during your birthing experience.      

1] Wet, wet. Yearning swirl of bathwater and float. Your partner’s hand can press down, keep you from overflowing.
2] The audience with applause sign. It is how we cheer you on.
3] No salt on the wound. No oils, no ointments, no scents of any sort.
4] There is: wheelbarrow, monkey-squat, draw your finger through the dust, ankle clasping, treble clef.
5] Peel away. Assurances through soft music. Ocean waves optional.
6] The distribution of popcorn is not required, though menu choices are slim. The viewing begins in a few hours, and this machine becomes the central line.
7] Blackened windows can be your mirror. Do not inspect below the belt line.
8] Slender mullet meal, little needle song.
9] Hypnotic breathing.  Pufferfish have a pelagic life stage. Spawning occurs near surface; eggs are spherical and buoyant. Keep you from overflowing.
10] Please place the creature on my chest. Please let the broth of me slick away. Please sing humble songs of needles and knives and everything that shines.

from “Autumn,” Lorine Niedecker

Last night the trash barrel

smoked from lighted paper

This morning

from sun burning

the frost

PS22 in Staten Island, NY, sings Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

Think of the children starving in refugee camps… these are the fruits of war. And then think of the great dining rooms, of the parties held by those who control the arms industry, who produce weapons. Compare a sick, starving child in a refugee camp with the big parties, the good life led by the masters of the arms trade.

Pope Francis, February 25, 2014

"Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life," a commencement address to San Jose State University.

Matthew Scheatzle, “Burn,” 42”x”42” x 3”, reclaimed oak, resin wax, 2012

Matthew Scheatzle, “Burn,” 42”x”42” x 3”, reclaimed oak, resin wax, 2012

"Palisades Kepler," Mary Margaret Alvarado

"What I hear
in this air

is an old theater
full of galvanized dead

They play that organ like a drum
no one can stop such singing

& everyone in history who got hacked to bits
is stitched

& I’m off like a firecracker”

"There are two or three things that we haven’t been able to confront or even acknowledge politically. One is that the aim of the Industrial Revolution from year one has been to replace people with technology. So it’s a little contemptible to hear these people express in surprise at this late date that we have an unemployment problem. I don’t know that there’s any politician of visibility who could say that. So that’s, it’s important for people like me to say it, who have no power.

The other thing that we’re having trouble confronting and both sides are having trouble to confront it publicly and speak of it, is the disaster of being governed by the corporations. Those fictitious persons. And uh, you know you’re waiting for the day when some politician of stature and visibility will finally say, we can’t have this any longer, we’re here in Washington or Frankfort to represent the people, not to be employed or bought by the corporations and to serve them.”