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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  .  .  .

Fiction

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.

Poetry

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

Reviews

“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  .  .  .

YR Online

Henry Walters


Dear Homebody,

Chimney Point: since I know you’ve never been, I’ll sketch it for you. A forefinger of land that pinches into Lake Champlain & narrows it. On the other side, its opposable thumb, is Crown Point, New York, site of an old British .   .   .


Jerri Jerreat


The café was a wide hallway in a refurbished century home. It had Doric columns at the entrance and stained-glass windows in the doors. It was all offices now, walls moved around, glass doors upstairs, very sleek.


YR Redux

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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