Propaganda and Group Identity
Megan Hyska

A concern with propaganda has animated American liberal discourse in a new way since the run-up to the 2016 election. On virtually any day since at least July 2016, a naive observer set in front of a bank of screens streaming center-left national news coverage might quickly glean  .  .  .


We were sitting in the plane, waiting to back out from the gate, while the flight attendants prepared the cabin for takeoff. Perplexing airplane sounds arose from unknown locations–inside the plane, out on the tarmac, in the air. It was afternoon–through the small window the sky appeared blue and clear in a way that was both joyful and aggressive.


Randy Blasing


Making a pilgrimage to Albuquerque
to give thanks I cheated heart surgery
of a bad outcome only last month,
I woke my first morning there when the sun,
breaking over the mountains I mistook
for the Blood of Christ range, targeted me
high in the Marriott, singling me out


“For her part, Alice was starting to consider really rather seriously whether a former choirgirl from Massachusetts might be capable of conjuring the consciousness of a Muslim man.” Having just ordered hotdogs from a halal cart on the Upper West Side, the twenty-something publishing assistant  .  .  .

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Henry Walters

Dear Kid,

Emphysema, or the wisdom teeth emerging, or love: what goes on inside a body is always an elaborate, painstaking development, a one-act play in a black-box theater for an audience of one. Changes happen slowly, mostly, & we are slow to mark the change.

Henry Walters

The mathematician sits. She sits in the abstract. Abstracting, she considers a form. A form like a poem that works in two directions at once.

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Leon Trotsky, and Trotsky as depicted in a White propoganda poster during the Russian Civil War

Naïve minds think that the office of kingship lodges in the king himself, in his ermine cloak and his crown, in his bones and veins. As a matter of fact, the office of kingship is an interrelation between people.

From “Hitler’s National Socialism” by Leon Trotsky, The Yale Review, Vol. 23, no. 2, Winter 1934.



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