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Lit Hub Daily: September 22, 2020

TODAY: In 1586, the English poet, critic, courtier and soldier Sir Philip Sidney is fatally wounded at the Battle of Zutphen.  “Why are populations so willing to look the other way when survival of organized human life is literally at stake?” Noam Chomsky in conversation about the Green New Deal. | Lit Hub Climate Change “I’m concerned that I exist...

The Fault Lines of Midwestern Racism Run Deep

Dear Wisconsin– Dear swing state: Dear battleground and infinite presidential visit: Dear broken-heartland: Dear flyover: Dear Packer fan and Brewer fan and anti-labor leader: Dear Act 10: Dear apple orchard and cranberry bog: Dear Tammy and Ron: Dear Cheesehead: Dear Butter Burger: Dear diabetes and high cholesterol and Ironman: Dear Supermax and...

A (Decaying, Toxic) River Runs Through It: On Mill Towns and Populism

The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic. It’s our new daily podcast trying to make longterm sense out of the chaos of today’s...

Life, Love, and Beowulf in the Deep South’s Most Literary Small Town

We met at the University of Mississippi in a Beowulf seminar. Professor Louis Dollarhide began to lecture as he entered the classroom. The compound berserk, he said, meant bare of one’s “sark,” the ring-mail shirt worn into battle. The fiercest of the Danes would rip off his protective armor and race bare-sark into battle. “This often proved fatal,”...

On the Challenges of Writing About Death

“I want to write a story about death.” My editor blinked at me. She was barely into her twenties and thoughts of her own mortality were decades ahead. I, on the other hand, had just turned 40, and it was turning into something of a preoccupation for me. “Death,” she whispered, as if the mere mention might invite it into the room. “I’ll make it funny....

Capitalism is Killing Us (But It Doesn’t Have To)

The following conversation is from Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin’s new book Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal. The authors are interviewed throughout by economist C.J. Polychroniou. * C.J. Polychroniou: The 2015 UN climate agreement signed in Paris, popularly known as the COP21 agreement, has been hailed by world leaders (with the exception...

Writing a History of a Pandemic During a Pandemic

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. –Søren Kierkegaard * This past March, in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, in the middle of the house, my wife was watching television. This was not her style. The kids had been home for three weeks, she was finishing up graduate school, and we were still shooting...

“Walking Each Other Home”

My friend lives on this road the same as me, two hollows down, two gladed mountainsides, briar patches that go without saying, fields in pumpkin or hay or fallow. Once, we can never forget, a bear. And once for too long a season a road-killed deer whose return to dust we both watched, the ragged pelt dried to leather, the shipwreck of rib cage....

“America, We Talk About It”

Summer Journals — August 8, 2017 — every day of the week. It is not easy. First I had to learn. Over decades — to take care of myself. Are you listening. I had to learn. I had to gain, pebble by pebble, seashell by seashell, the courage to listen to my self. My true inner self. For that I had to push you aside. It was not easy I had pushed aside...

Moshe Safdie on the Architecture of Our Lives in Quarantine

Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicle shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic. On Episode 102 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by architect Moshe Safdie. Moshe shares what he has learned about...

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