SOURCE: Boston Review
The Democratic Possibilities of Cruising
by Jack Parlett
As a practice, cruising exemplifies the possibilities of urban culture by bringing people into contact with strangers and enabling them to recognize common desires. The history of crusing shows it's not just about sex, but about democracy.
SOURCE: The Guardian
We Must Fight the New Lost Cause Myth Trump has Birthed
by David Blight
"Yes, disinformation has to be fought with good information. But it must also be fought with fierce politics, with organization, and if necessary with bodies, non-violently."
Can America Recapture Its Signature Exuberance?
by Tracy Dahlby
Walt Whitman understood transcendence of national mood is an uphill climb. Periods of division and strife sort new realities into a renovated sense of purpose. Yet periods of upheaval must necessarily lead to a refitting, not obliteration, of our common story or democracy is toast.
SOURCE: NY Times
Why We Need Walt Whitman in 2020
by Ed Simon
With our democracy in crisis, the poet and prophet of the American ideal should be our guide.
In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’
A digital sleuth has discovered an anonymously published 1852 serial novel by the poet, which survived in only a single copy of an obscure newspaper.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Rare Walt Whitman letter, written for a dying soldier, found in National Archives
The rare Whitman “soldier letter,” one of only three known to exist, was discovered last month by a National Archives volunteer who is part of a team preparing Civil War widows’ pension files to be digitized and placed online.
SOURCE: Boston Globe
The echoes of Walt Whitman’s ‘Drum-Taps’
by Richard Kreitner
It’s difficult to think of a writer as antique as Whitman whose legacy is still as much up for grabs.
SOURCE: Journal Star
Nebraska professor rediscovers lost Walt Whitman poem
Combing through the Library of Congress’s collection of penny newspapers, Wendy Katz stumbled across a famous set of initials. W.W. Yes, that W.W.
Walt Whitman’s Secret History as a Barfly
by Justin Martin
Between roughly 1858 and 1862, Walt Whitman spent almost every night hanging out in a dingy Manhattan saloon.
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