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While every journalist and blogger is happy to put his or her own political slant on the motives behind Rachel Dolezal’s chronic, pathological lying, few seem to consider that Dolezal may in fact be lying to cover up an even more frowned upon secret; Rachel Dolezal, who is racially European-American, might actually identify as ethnically Black, […]

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It’s no secret that police in the U.S. are killing people at an alarming rate–more than one per day for the past 15 years. Police killings, particularly ones caught on tape, and especially the killers’ subsequent, seemingly inevitable acquittal, have prompted massive non-violent demonstrations, clashes with police, riots, and even a couple of vigilante shootings of police officers. While well-publicized, these incidences […]

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Hillary Clinton has officially announced her candidacy in the 2016 Presidential election. In her announcement video (above), Clinton claims that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top (1:41-4).” It is hard to argue with her, given that she is the wife of a former President. Insofar as U.S. voters are […]

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In his collection of essays, What the Twilight Says, Nobel prize-winning poet Derek Walcott discusses, among other things, fellow writers of the Caribbean, including the Marxist historian CLR James. In his short piece on James, Walcott explores the seeming contradiction between the writer’s unrelenting combat against Empire and the racism it engendered, and his love […]

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Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny by Mark Sandiford, National Film Board of Canada  I just watched a great film, Qallunaat! Why White People are Funny, an anthropological study of White people featuring the Inuit writer Zebedee Nungak. He begins: We Inuit are deeply fascinated by Qallunaat and their ways. The word “Qallunaat” is used universally by Inuit […]

If a tree falls in a forest and six different news channels capture footage of it, does it matter? The Internet has changed, ever so slightly, the definition of mass media. Major networks still create most of it. Now, however, anybody has the potential to create iconic images if they get enough retweets and ‘Likes’ on Facebook. Recently, a photo […]

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I regrettably ended up with the more dysfunctional of the two ‘solidarity with Ferguson’ protests last night. I didn’t think marching to Times Square was desirable in the first place. Somewhere along the way, however, we went west, and half-an-hour later ended up at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. For those who are familiar with NYC geography, […]

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In April, I read and reflected upon Ari Berman’s opinion piece in The Nation in which he lamented the partisan divide over voting rights. Last Friday, Berman again addressed the issue, this time reporting on Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The law– which requires voters in the state to display government-issued identification before being allowed to cast a […]

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Weeks ago, I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ missive on the need for reparations for the African-American community. In that piece, Coates tackled the seamless history of oppression that black Americans have faced since slavery was abolished. On Monday, Coates wrote another piece for The Atlantic; this one is narrower in scope, but no less scathing in […]

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For Parts I and II of X, please click here. For Parts III, IV, and V, click here. For Parts VI, VII, and VIII, click here. The writing in the first eight chapters of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ argument in favor of reparations does not necessarily lack passion. Interspersed among the the well-researched historical facts and anecdotes is some heartfelt […]

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For Parts I and II of X, please click here. For Parts III, IV, and V, click here. As I continue to read  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ case for reparations in The Atlantic, I am struck not just by the content, but also by the ease with which Coates shifts from the personal to the local to the national, and back to […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

For Parts I and II of X, please click here. For Parts III, IV, and V, click here. As I continue to read  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ case for reparations in The Atlantic, I am struck not just by the content, but also by the ease with which Coates shifts from the personal to the local to the national, and back to […]

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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

For Parts I and II of X, please click here. For Parts III, IV, and V, click here. As I continue to read  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ case for reparations in The Atlantic, I am struck not just by the content, but also by the ease with which Coates shifts from the personal to the local to the national, and back to […]

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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

For Parts I and II of X, please click here. For Parts III, IV, and V, click here. As I continue to read  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ case for reparations in The Atlantic, I am struck not just by the content, but also by the ease with which Coates shifts from the personal to the local to the national, and back to […]

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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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