There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
So there is another mass shooting with an assault-style rifle in a U.S. school, this time in Parkland, Florida.
The Governor again talks about this kind of event like it’s an unpreventable natural disaster, the young shooter is “pure evil.” Law enforcement is showered with praise, thoughts and prayers are offered. Pam Bondi, the horrid Florida Attorney General, stresses her cooperation with GoFundMe to prevent scam, and promises to not work with overpriced funeral homes. Mental health is talked about like the water temperature and pressure systems of an ocean after a hurricane.
This is not natural. Both the Governor and AG have the power have to actually do something against what makes these events so deadly: The widespread availability of military-strength weapons. The US is the only country where this happens over, and over, and over again.
the eyes are not reliable.
not windows. not mirrors.
my ears have eroded,
leaving two broken telephones.
“what i told the doctor”
Sabrina Benaim, from her new book Depression & Other Magic Tricks
Performance Studies scholar Tony Perucci explores how Robeson was portrayed as insane. During the Cold War, the shared “critical goal” of the federal government and psychoanalytic psychiatry was “to eliminate dissent against American political order.” Because Communists (real or imagined) were said to be so good at masking their true selves, only psychoanalysis could break through outer falsehood of the “red mask.” It followed that they had to be insane to be Communists or fellow-travelers.
Do you ever sit on the end of your bed and listen to the world spin?
We used to think that refugees / were of one kind / and we never knew / that we were too.
Poetry by Rewa Zeinati
“Don’t go mistaking your house burning down for the dawn.
Frank Turner will soundtrack 2018.
I think in any environment, but perhaps especially places at war, book reading creates a pause from day-to-day life and isolates a reader from their surroundings while they’re buried in a book,” said Jamshid Hashimi, who runs an online library and is a co-founder of the Book Club of Afghanistan. “This is powerful anywhere, but in a place like Afghanistan, it can be a means of emotional survival.