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Gettysburg 150: Longstreet and Lee and the Quintessential Battle

What happens when an irresistible force meets an unmovable object? In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 150 years ago, 51,000 people died. I'm in Gettysburg now, soaking in the historical moment with Civil War buffs, reenactors, curious locals, traveling families, bikers, historians, writers, artists, unidentifiable visitors from North and South. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: John Calhoun and Confederate Ethics

This seems to be a primal aspect of human nature: we always believe ourselves to be ethically correct. It would be very surprising to hear a person openly declare that he or she lives without moral principle, and it would be even more...Show More Summary

Gettysburg 150: The Book That Made Me a Civil War Geek

I've never been sure how to reconcile the fact that I'm a pacifist with the fact that I'm a major American Civil War geek. Though I'm a major geek, I'm not a Major -- that is, I don't participate in any Union or Confederate reenactment brigade. Show More Summary

Action Poetry: Summer 2013

The essence of Action Poetry is creativity, spontaneity and responsiveness to others in the room. Please write us a poem!

Philosophy Weekend: Nationalism and Alienation

Nationalism feels so natural to us -- to all of us, during this age on planet Earth -- that we barely question it. We could solve a few problems by questioning the basic concept of nationalism itself. Virulent public arguments over immigration...Show More Summary

Yak Ballz Does T. S. Eliot

it seems strange, like yellow smoke pushin' up against the window panes and ain't a damn thing changed i know, cause i been trying to find an antidote while women come and go alking of michelangelo What! These lyrics wafted past me this weekend during a family gathering, and stopped me in my tracks. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Why Michael Lind and Jonah Goldberg are Wrong About Communism

It's refreshing to see rival social, political or philosophical doctrines debated online with the kind of clear, brisk, brief writing that the best blogs feature. Last week, Michael Lind of Salon challenged the American libertarian/Paulist...Show More Summary

Data Machines and Privacy Games (Confessions of an Email Snooper)

The story of Edward Snowden, Booz Allen/NSA/Prism whistleblower, is a rorschach test. Everybody sees something different in it. Me, I told you how I felt this weekend (though I wrote that blog post before the identity of Edward Snowden had been revealed). Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: If You Care About Privacy, Be A Pacifist

Big news leaked this week about a USA National Security Agency government program that collects massive telephone call and Internet activity data for purposes of homeland security. It'd be nice to report that intelligent public debate about privacy and governmental overreach followed, but it really didn't. Show More Summary

The Great Lost Jazz Memoir: Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday

With all this acting experience behind me, Shelton thought I was ready for a crack at the movies. Not Hollywood, just Astoria, Long Island. He got me a part out there playing mob scenes in a picture with Paul Robeson. From that I got a real part in a short featuring Duke Ellington. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Ethics and the Concept of Evil

It's popular among some of our current philosophers to make a big thing of disbelieving in God. For Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and the late Christopher Hitchens, atheism is an urgent social cause. A widespread naive belief in religion, these philosophers argue, has been a source of great hatred and suffering. Show More Summary

The Crisis of Book Cover Design

(Here's Toro!, who runs a book cover design website and has designed covers or posters for Werner Herzog, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and John Kemmerly aka Grady Sedgwick, and shares here some of the lesser-known challenges and tribulations of his career. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Medea Benjamin Debates The President

The use of force must be seen as part of a larger discussion we need to have about a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy, because for all the focus on the use of force, force alone cannot make us safe. We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root. Show More Summary

Our Tech/Lit Spaces

As hard as this is to believe, this summer will mark the 19th birthday of Literary Kicks. I really have no idea why I've been doing it this long. I once had a reason; I forgot it. I guess I'm still having fun, though sometimes it's hard...Show More Summary

Ray Manzarek

I saw Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for the Doors who died today, at a poetry show with Michael McClure at the Bottom Line nightclub in New York City a few years ago. I was awestruck by both legends on that stage: McClure for being a...Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Seasons

I can't write a Philosophy Weekend blog post this weekend. I've been working too hard on some tech changes to the site that will finally launch on Tuesday or Wednesday... and I'm also too broken up about the final show of the final season...Show More Summary

How Baz Lurhmann's 'Great Gatsby' Surprised Me

The odds didn't look good for the new film version of The Great Gatsby this weekend, I thought, as I donned my plastic 3-D glasses and entered the dark theater. I wasn't expecting to like the movie much at all. I don't love glitzy Hollywood spectacle, though I was willing to give the much-hyped new version of F. Show More Summary

Taylor Mead: A Bowery Glimpse

Droopy eyes under the hat. An old, creepy looking man leaning on the bar, crouching like a frail spider among a few smarmy-dressed women. The 50-ish ladies sneered at me when I wandered in off Bleecker and Houston streets on a Tuesday afternoon, but the spider just squiggled his mouth in a thoughtful glance toward me. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Kierkegaard's Either-Or

The great Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard never married, but he anguished for years over the existential personal puzzle of love and marriage, and transformed the question into a revolutionary book, Either-Or, published anonymously as Enten-Eller in 1943. This debut work immediately captivated readers, and would turn out to be not only his...

Fitzgerald's Lost Souls, or the Infernal Gatsby

If you're trying to analyze F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age novel The Great Gatsby and you're not thinking about Dante's Inferno, you're missing an obvious connection. The connection is easy to spot and hard to dispute, though it rarely comes up in discussion of the book. Show More Summary

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