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Faster, Higher Stronger: My Son Jamie’s First Swimming Race at the Special Olympics

By Michael Bérubé In disability studies, we tend to be skeptical of the so-called “supercrip” and allergic to any suggestion that people with disabilities can be inspiring. But it really is quite diff

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American Society Biography and Memoir Literature and the Arts Life as Jamie Knows It Michael Bérubé

Sailing on Junk to Save Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution

A Q&A with Marcus Eriksen Plastic can entangle wildlife, but much of the harm comes from ingesting micro plastics. Single-use products that leave our land are shredding in the oceans to form microplas

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activism Biography and Memoir Environment and Conservation Junk Raft Marcus Eriksen

The Shadow of School Privatization in Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

by Kay Whitlock The legacy of the private school movement born of mass resistance to desegregation and the structural violence and inequality that animate it remain with us today. It is not possible t

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Kay Whitlock Queer (In)justice Considering Hate

Henry David Thoreau, No “Pond Scum,” Risked His Neck for Racial Justice

By Wen Stephenson There’s a popular image of Henry David Thoreau as an apolitical hermit, a recluse, aloof and detached, even misanthropic, a crank indulging his private fantasy in his cabin in the wo

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activism Environment and Conservation Wen Stephenson What We're Fighting For Now Is Each Other Walden

Designing the Cover of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

By Bob Kosturko There are dozens (perhaps hundreds?) of editions of Walden currently in print—and eBook and audio. How then to design a fresh new cover for Beacon Press’s evergreen backlist title? The

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Walden Bob Kosturko