Even Longfellow Got the Blues

Every neighborhood has a party house. In the quiet, tree-lined streets just blocks away from Harvard University in the 1850s, that house was the Longfellow’s. Celebrated poet and Harvard professor, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sure knew how to throw those ragers. On any given Saturday night, you might arrive with a bottle of wine and a festive cheese plate to find Charles Dickens standing by the … Continue reading Even Longfellow Got the Blues

Announcing the Coalition of the Stood-Up for Trump Super PAC

Dear Mr. President: We are pleased to officially announce the creation of the Super PAC: The Coalition of the Stood-Up for Trump. We followed the recent events of your highly anticipated “make rallies great again” event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many of us were shocked and sickened by what unfolded: You got stood up. You got ding-dong-ditched hard, Mr. President. That is a wound that cuts … Continue reading Announcing the Coalition of the Stood-Up for Trump Super PAC

BlackoutBestsellerList: Laugh, Learn, & Support These 5 Funny Black Authors

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” wrote the poet and musician Leonard Cohen who knew his way around the darker alleys of our hearts and minds. No one said shifting the tide of more than four centuries of suffering and oppression would be like a Brady Bunch episode–the one where the plucky Brady kids enter a song contest and wind … Continue reading BlackoutBestsellerList: Laugh, Learn, & Support These 5 Funny Black Authors

Thoreau Back

I spend twenty minutes wandering around a paved path that loops up over several short grassy hills trying to find “Author’s Ridge,” the plateau where Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau are buried. There is big nineteenth-century nerd energy here in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord Massachusetts. Designed in 1855, the landscape architects chose the “garden design” approach, … Continue reading Thoreau Back