time machine: 15 Jul

How To Remain Human

In Cleveland, the ghost of d.a. levy is everywhere, even animating MOCA Cleveland's summer show. But what is it that makes the poet's legacy endure?

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on walking

The Last Walk
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Are cars turning human beings into quadrupeds? Or is there room for walking after all?

Take a Walk
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How to overcome the argument that walking is too slow.

and the living’s easy

A Day at the Beach
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The disappointment of going to the seaside on the cusp of summer.

The Summer Jam
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Why "Umbrella" is one (and "Zombie" wasn't).