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The Rumpus Interview with Corinne Goria

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Author and veteran Voice of Witness editor Peter Orner sits down with Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy editor Corinne Goria to talk about putting the book together, economic interdependency, and the complex human stories behind everyday items.

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The Saddest Story I’ve Ever Read

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“She began to nod. She was holding onto a carton of milk. It would spill. Like diarrhea-in-the-bed all over again. Another mess. The daughter tried to take the carton of milk away. She… held on defiantly.” – From I Want To Live by Thom Jones

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On Loving and Leaving New York: Home

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Driving down Second Avenue, we saw the usuals: skater kids and college students, queens and models and junkies. My heart hurt more and more. The landmarks of my most troubled memories now filled my heart with longing. I even missed my ghosts.

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Introducing 90 Days 90 Reasons

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This time the bumper stickers are few. The HOPE posters are hard to find. There are no songs by will.i.am.

We are three months away from the presidential election, and there is a stunning lack of energy displayed by likely Obama voters.

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Sunday Fiction: Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog (excerpt)

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When I awoke, I did not recognize the window.  The snow had stopped and moonlight slanted through the glass.  I could not make out the words, but I heard my father’s voice filling up the house.  I tiptoed down the back staircase that led to the kitchen and stood in the slice of shadow near the doorjamb.  My grandmother was telling my mother to pack her bags.  He was a degenerate, she said—she had always seen that in him.  My mother said, ‘Why, Zachary, why are you doing this?”

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They All Stand Up and Sing

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I was somewhere in a big room in an old apartment in New York. The room was in a brownstone, or limestone, and had what appeared to be twenty-foot-high ceilings. There were baroque moldings around the ceilings, around the tops of the radiator covers and on the mantelpiece.

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