Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Trouble With Egypt

The Trouble With Egypt by Karim Abuawad Since the night the Tunisian people forced their dictator to flee the North African country, I’ve been hearing people anticipating that the same fate would fall on the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. In … Continue reading

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What Would a New Egypt Look Like?

What Would a New Egypt Look Like? by Alejandro Moreiras If Hosni Mubarak vacates his Presidential seat to make way for free elections in Egypt, what would a new government look like? At the moment the figures most likely to … Continue reading

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Sin’s Fatal Taint: the Felony Murder Rule and its Discontents

Sin’s Fatal Taint: the Felony Murder Rule and its Discontents by Okla Elliott We’ve all heard of outdated laws that remain on the books from earlier times — such as laws about how many pigs are allowed inside a house … Continue reading

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LONG DIVISION by Kim Roberts I was never good at math but I understood the heavy burden when a number was left over: you had to carry it, the weight bending your frame until your whole body formed a less-than … Continue reading

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Agrarian Socialism In Oklahoma: The Early Twentieth Century

Agrarian Socialism In America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside, 1904-1920. By Jim Bissett (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.) Most Americans are unaware of the fact that the rural state of Oklahoma supported the strongest socialist movement … Continue reading

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Music Lessons

Music Lessons By John Unger Zussman Last month, I wrote about a misguided art lesson that undermined my creativity as a child. Here I recall my early music lessons—with a decidedly different result. “Sing!” commanded my piano teacher, Mrs. Maas, … Continue reading

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The Coming Crisis of Global Food: A Break from The Crisis with W. Berry

By Liam Hysjulien While I had already begun writing a piece on the looming 2011 food crisis, in lieu of my birthday, I decided to shelve it for this month.  Instead, I felt the words of Wendell Berry offered more … Continue reading

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HEAT by Adam Eaglin It wasn’t a dream, more like a vision, if vision meant steam rising from a body, meant heat from the living— I became the eye of a round-stomached cobbler. I became a word in a fable. … Continue reading

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[The following translation was originally published in Per Contra.] Erlking by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (translation by Okla Elliott) Who rides so late through windy night? A father holding his child tight. He has the youngster well in his arm, … Continue reading

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Andreas Economakis

“Perfect Makeup” by Andreas Economakis My grandmother Anastasia, or yiayia as I called her, must have studied Zen. She could spend hours seated motionless in her jewelry store in the Nile Hilton, a geriatric Greek sphinx staring blankly ahead. Overwhelmed … Continue reading

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