Monthly Horoscopes: July 2017

Aries (20 March – 19 April) Mars is opposing Pluto, and shit is about to go down. And so it does, and as is the way among the planets, another planetary aspect occurs and you find your sweet release. * * * Taurus (19 April – 20 May) The second Monday might be okay, but the third Thursday of the…

‘Filling Station’ by Elizabeth Bishop (1965)

Oh, but it is dirty! —this little filling station, oil-soaked, oil-permeated to a disturbing, over-all black translucency. Be careful with that match! Father wears a dirty, oil-soaked monkey suit that cuts him under the arms, and several quick and saucy and greasy sons assist him (it’s a family filling station), all quite thoroughly dirty. Do they live in the station?…

Trump’s Hasty Withdrawal Leaves Defiled Paris Climate Agreement

After teasing and tormenting his fellow world leaders and pledging an announcement only sometime this week, finally on Thursday – in the White House Rose Garden, surrounded by anti-environmentalists for the sort of bathetic display which has come to characterise every administrative ‘success’ – Donald Trump confirmed that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement….