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Some Thoughts About Harvey Weinstein and What He Represents

I met my Harvey Weinstein when I was around 13 years old. He was the head waiter at the catering hall where I worked, and he spent the next three or four years groping and fondling me as often and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Book Cover

Not too long ago, I received from my publisher, Guernica Editions, the final proof of the cover of my new book of poems, Words For What Those Men Have Done and I am really happy with it. The design, of course, is … Continue reading

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A Couple of Education-Related Union Blog Posts People on Alas Might Be Interested In

In September, I start my first full term as Secretary of my faculty union. One of my responsibilities is to write and manage the union blog, which has been very interesting, both because I have been given more or less … Continue reading

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Peter S Beagle, author of “The Last Unicorn,” is in dire need! Here are three ways you can help. (UPDATED)

Peter S. Beagle, the author of three novels that were foundational for me (The Last Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place and The Folk of the Air), and many other novels and stories, is having financial trouble – trouble severe … Continue reading

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Low Vaccination Rates Are Caused By Inadequate Public Health Systems, Not By Anti-Vaxxers

There is a really crappy New York Times op-ed entitled “How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning” circulating at the moment (it’s such a great click-bait headline! Good job New York Times editors!). It claims that “It’s looking as if 2017 could … Continue reading

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Cartoon: We’ve Not Anti-Immigrant, They Say

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Preserve Congressional Ethics Oversight

URGENT. CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS VOTE THIS AFTERNOON. “We’re from the Government. We’re here to help.” Those words are a cliché of chilling authoritarianism precisely because we don’t trust the government with oversight of their own actions. They are accountable to us, … Continue reading

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Chag Sameach! Happy Chanukah!

 

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As a Jew, I Do Not Feel Safe

As the husband of a Muslim woman and the father of a son whose name marks him as foreign even though he was born in the United States, I have been reading with care, gratitude, and a welcome sense of … Continue reading

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“Love Is Never Still” featured in Mary Robinette’s My Favorite Bit

My short story “Love Is Never Still” is featured today on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. For the My Favorite Bit series, authors write short essays about their favorite parts of their work. I cheated a little, but only because it’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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