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The first time I heard Veronica Torres I thought she sings like there's an emergency. It wasn't until later, on my third or so listen through Pill's debut album Convenience that I realized--there is. If you're paying attention to the state of things in American culture right now, emergency--or crisis--is an apt descriptor. From the ascendance of a bigoted xenophobe as a viable political candidate, the struggle for women's access to birth control and...
On the face of it, the intersection of art and medicine—and what that would even look like—might not be obvious; it's possible you haven’t thought about the two together at all. But that's not true of Tod Lippy, founder, editor, and executive director of Esopus, the Brooklyn-based, non-profit magazine that publishes unmediated (i.e. ad-free) excursions on art and creativity in every medium. And you can see for yourself as the first annual edition of...
The U.S. is experiencing its first measles outbreak since the vaccine for the disease was made widely available, in 1963. The disease was thought to be eradicated nationwide in the following decades; its re-emergence now is due entirely to the refusal of a small-yet-vocal class of mostly-affluent, otherwise-educated parents ranging from Marin County to Minnesota, from Nebraska to New York, to get their children vaccinated. The idea, much like disease itself, is spreading: a...

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