The Irrelevant and the Contemporary

By Daniel Penny / 08.02.2016 Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands. They are thus in this sense irrelevant. But precisely because of this condition, precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than[…]

Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Reporting on Dakota Access Protests

Deia Schlosberg accepting an Emmy in 2014. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP) “They threw the book at Deia for being a journalist.” By Nika Knight / 10.15.2016 In an ominous sign for press freedom, documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a whopping maximum sentence of up to 45 years in[…]

Five Fascinating Micronations

Source: D. Papallini / Wikimedia Commons By K. Kusch The Basement Geographer There are microstates, and then there are micronations. While a microstate is an internationally recognised sovereign entity (e.g., Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), micronations are a bit fuzzier in their definition (as Micronation Central states it, ‘a micronation is any entity which purports[…]

Shame on Trump? Shame on Us.

By Dana Milbank / 10.16.2016 Washington Post Columnist Last week, I took a break from reporting on the Trump campaign’s well-deserved and long-awaited implosion to observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. On this day, we symbolically beat our breasts with fists as we say the Ashamnu (literally, “we are guilty”) confession: “We betray.[…]