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Nicanor Parra: “Solid-ground” poetry that is for everyone
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Nicanor Parra: “Solid-ground” poetry that is for everyone

“Estados Unidos: el país donde la libertad es una estatua.” (“United States: the country where liberty is a statue”) –Nicanor Parra Nicanor Parra, often described as an “anti-poet”, died on Tuesday aged 103.  Parra was a Chilean artist and poet who rejected the formalisms of poetry and abstract, inaccessible, wankiness.  He was direct, blunt, unafraid, … Continue reading

Facebook’s latest changes are great for its profits and bad for independent media
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Facebook’s latest changes are great for its profits and bad for independent media

Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that Facebook would continue to de-prioritise shared public content like news, videos, and links and would favour “family and friend” content like personal photos and thoughts. He made out that “meaningful interactions” were at the core of the decision. But that’s just thinly-disguised spin. Facebook isn’t a social media company. It … Continue reading

What to say to men who insist they should be able to say whatever they like to women
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What to say to men who insist they should be able to say whatever they like to women

“It wouldn’t bother me if I was complimented,” men often say when told that their street harassment or their comments on our appearance are a problem. Here’s one bad-ass way you can respond. Start with a hypothetical about a friend who was in a traumatic car crash. Hanging out with that friend, we’re sensitive to … Continue reading