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Armed activists took over a small government building in Oregon this weekend, eliciting mostly negative reactions from left-leaning commentators who have (quite fairly) pointed out a number of inconsistencies in the so-called militia’s message. More troubling still has been the notable difference in how the Oregon protesters are being treated compared to, say, members of […]

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Shortly after posting my previous week’s article about Donald Trump, fascism, and communal violence, the New York Times published footage of a woman being lynched in Kabul, Afghanistan. The preceding disclaimer did not prepare me for the video’s contents; though I can’t think of anything that would have. It was definitely the worst thing I’ve ever seen […]

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There is a chorus of voices this week denouncing yet another grand jury’s failure to indict yet another killer of a young person of color. This time, that person is Tamir Rice, a twelve-year-old Cleveland resident who was shot and killed by Cuyahoga County police over a year ago. Among the voices decrying this injustice […]

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Seemingly every statement regarding Donald Trump in recent weeks either explicitly or implicitly compares him to Hitler. It’s almost as though both social and mainstream media are trying to pay homage to Godwin’s Law, which humorously and tautologically states that any online discussion will eventually compare the subject to Nazi Germany. These comparisons highlight both the capacity and limitation of the American imagination. For these […]

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Categories: Ed Mooney, ZiR | 1 Comment

The massacres in Paris or Beirut, the stabbings and instant “justice-by-cop” in Israel, unabated slaughter in Syria or Yemen, or the crystal clear framing here in Zeteo of centuries of suffering attributable to brutal class warfare — if faced unblinkingly, all this can induce paralysis. Then we learn, within days, that three are murdered in […]

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Yesterday was World AIDS day, which is how I found myself reading an article from earlier this year. Writing for The Nation, Rod McCullom tackled the sad and informative case of Michael Johnson, former college student and wrestler from Missouri. Johnson was prosecuted under Missouri’s “HIV criminalization statute,” a law that punished those who have sex […]

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Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick published an excerpt of her interview with Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during which they discussed race as a factor in criminal court jury selection. Bright is lead counsel for Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer whose appeal has reached the Supreme Court. At issue in his case— Foster v. Chatman— […]

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Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern’s recent Slate.com post offers a brief preview of what’s to come this term in the nation’s highest court. For readers with a liberal bent, the news may be troubling, as they ask, rhetorically: “Is the court moving right, or far right, or really, really far right?” The entire analysis […]

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Last year, I read and posted about an article in The Nation that highlighted a growing trend: private companies commissioned to collect fines from low-level criminal offenders who were in arrears. The article highlighted one company in particular—Judicial Correction Services—that operated in a number of Southern US municipalities. As I noted last March, “[t]he results [of […]

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This week, I am continuing to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ in-depth analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. In the remaining two parts of the piece, Coates revisits the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his now-famous report: Moynihan is in the midst of a renaissance. Fifty years after the publication of ‘The Negro Family: The […]

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 This week, I am continuing to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ in-depth analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. In part V of the piece, Coates studies the policies that led to increased incarceration rates, and the rhetoric behind them: When Nixon proclaimed drugs ‘public enemy No. 1,’ or declared ‘war against the criminal elements which […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

 This week, I am continuing to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ in-depth analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. In part V of the piece, Coates studies the policies that led to increased incarceration rates, and the rhetoric behind them: When Nixon proclaimed drugs ‘public enemy No. 1,’ or declared ‘war against the criminal elements which […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

 This week, I am continuing to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ in-depth analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. In part V of the piece, Coates studies the policies that led to increased incarceration rates, and the rhetoric behind them: When Nixon proclaimed drugs ‘public enemy No. 1,’ or declared ‘war against the criminal elements which […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

 This week, I am continuing to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ in-depth analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. In part V of the piece, Coates studies the policies that led to increased incarceration rates, and the rhetoric behind them: When Nixon proclaimed drugs ‘public enemy No. 1,’ or declared ‘war against the criminal elements which […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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