Transcending Trauma

Martha Sonnenberg reviews Rabbi Tirzah Firestone’s new book Wounds into Wisdom and argues that it helps us recognize “the ways in which we and others are affected by trauma, and what this may mean for healing the world.”

Revelations

“And the moment I was able to look them / in the eye, they opened theirs, // as surprised as I was to find themselves alive.” A new poem from Jon Swan.

Graphic Eugene Debs

Martha Sonnenberg reviews this new graphic biography of Eugene V. Debs and argues that the book’s strength lies in how it connects social theory to political activism.

My Grandmother, the Liar

Andrew Ridker reflects on the relationship between dishonesty and storytelling: “I write to impose a measure of control in my life. To shape my own reality. The difference is, I can distinguish between life and fiction.”

Cows

“The problem was excusable, almost: / that they thought there should be a place / in the world that would welcome them. / But why?” A new poem from Steven Kleinman.

Gazing

“so now we […] may nightly observe […] the deft undoing of what we once / had thought would long endure.” A new poem from Jon Swan.

Two Poems

“And then there will be another election, / and then the takers of bribes will be shown the door, / or possibly fed to the dogs.” Two new poems from Stephanie Burt.

Bullshit Jobs

In this review of David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs, Miki Kashtan explains what bullshit jobs are and how they can help us understand “the rightward turn of so many voters around the world.”