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"This is a war between the people and the government."
--kid on the street, London August 7 2011.
 
Four nights ago London erupted in spontaneous violence, rippling out from a council estate north of my home to gradually encompass every borough. Riots and looting were widespread. Cars,...

It's frightening to be poor. It's much more frightening when you have a family with five young children. My husband's mental illness had exacerbated into schizophrenia. He'd applied for Social Security Disability, which was then -- as now -- slow at being approved. We had to accept welfare from the New York City Department...

Cancer, cookies... and a little boy’s first time visiting his dad in the hospital

That Thursday was a day of transition.  My husband Steve, whose colon cancer had returned six months earlier, had already undergone 28 radiation treatments and still looked forward to 5 months of chemotherapy.  But Friday was going to...

I had a biopsy this morning. Only a small one; a piece of skin sliced off my face, just below the left eye. The doctor complimented my nice scars - so faded, so flat. We chatted about treatment options and the research studies and the fact that new drugs are often promoted by doctors employed by pharmeceutical companies....

This week TMM talks to Rachel Reynolds about her beautiful audio-autobiographical essay on pregnancy called Ultrasound, and about her interest in oral history as a feminist practice. Rachel is Educations Programs Manager for the (In)Visible Memoirs Project, a literary outreach program...

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