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Insurrection, January 6, 2021

The god of destruction has finally chosen the time to reveal himself in his vast formless Picassian glory. He treads horned and naked through the elegant...

After the President Calls Citizens ‘Sons of Bitches’

As I watch the line of men drop to their knees, refusing to praise the God of country, the most jealous and vengeful God of...

Home No More

I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the innovators—who were drinking their morning coffees...

Kim Stafford: Two Poems on Trump’s Inauguration

Inauguration Day, 2017   The new patriot is a listener. The new citizen talks to strangers. The new continental congress convenes at bus stops, taverns and cafes, parking lots where...

When Things Go Wrong, Do Right: Options for Action

Thoughts in response to a friend asking, after grand catastrophe: “What can we do?” We ask each other in times of trouble: “What can we...

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...

The Case for Wikipedia

Last weekend as Harvard prepared to take on Yale for Ivy League football bragging rights, a “Yale cites Wikipedia” poster flashed on College GameDay....

Meeting President Obama: A Farewell to Representation

This article is being published in collaboration with the Kennedy School Review. One day last fall, at a small campus in the heart of New...

the long way to a small, angry inbox

Normally, this wouldn’t matter so much. A few nights ago, I logged into an old Yahoo account that I habitually checked and used for retrospective...

Mixedness

What a privilege it must be for people to be able to identify you, to place you correctly in the American mosaic with just...

Interlude: Yemen

It’s Thursday in Old Sana’a, and the call to prayer has yet to rush anyone home. Our motley tourist troupe – Egyptian, Brazilian, Canadian, American...

The Sounding Board: Why Ukrainian Americans are Committed to Preserving Ukrainian...

A Ukrainian-American professor of dance, involved since 2014 in war relief efforts, opens a window into the generations-long struggle of Ukrainian independence and identity.