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Sound the alarm: HUD will face cuts under Carson

Sound the alarm: HUD will face cuts under Carson

Spare Change News co-founder and columnist James Shearer. File photo For those of you who thought homelessness and poverty couldn’t get any worse, strap in. The new head of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson barely got his feet warm when the Trump administration revealed what’s in store for those on the bottom of the

OUT ON HER OWN: A Story of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

Photo by Mike DeSocio. Author’s Note: The central character in this story, Liniște, asked that she be referred to by a pseudonym for safety reasons. I met Liniște in September and spent five months following her throughout various parts of her life, closely observing her experiences with homelessness and sexuality. This approach seemed most appropriate

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: A Book Review

Neil Gaiman respects the old gods, and that’s why he’s the proper man to write their tales. Gaiman did not just read tales that modern men have written to decipher the old god’s realities. He went back and studied the original translations of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda and the verses of the Poetic Edda, which

Garret’s Movie Palace: “Live By Night”

Adapting a good crime writer is never easy but Dennis Lehane’s prose is more cinematic than most and he writes lovely, loping dialogue that lifts his characters above the mundane. At least he does in “Live by Night”, a 500-page epic about a Boston crook named Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) who becomes a kingpin in

“American Carnage:” Trumpism and the Nationalist Turn

President Donald Trump gave his inaugural address this week. In it he painted a dystopian, apocalyptic landscape in America where factories were tombstones and people were wandering hungry and homeless. It was dark image of America and the world: a strange image given that American income has risen, unemployment has dropped, 20 million more Americans