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After having read countless authors who cite Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and having intuitively come to many Jane Jacobs-esque conclusions on my own over the years, I finally decided it was time to read the original work. Many of the conclusions Jacobs comes to resonate with my personal experience. Critiquing the notion […]

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Greece is, in many ways, representative of the world right now. Its economy is floundering due to, among other things, bad loans taken out by self-interested ruling parties aided and abetted by Goldman Sachs. Greek unemployment has reached record highs despite employed Greeks working longer hours than any other members of the Eurozone. The German […]

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Since the mass murder at Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, seven historically black churches have been torched, as have innumerable Confederate flags. Only one of these types of arson, unfortunately, has proven to be an effective political strategy. Historically, Southern churches have been among the most important venues for community organization. Burning a historically […]

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Matt Taibbi’s The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap jumps between stories about the tribulations of the poor and the brazen predation of the super-rich. Having read and recounted some of the former, I will try to summarize an example of the latter that gets special attention in the book. One of the most […]

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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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In 2012, one of my best friends from college, Angel Perez, was illegally detained by members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), taken to their ‘black site’ in Homan Square, and sexually assaulted with a pistol, at which point he agreed to help carry out a sting operation on a drug dealer. For years, Angel […]

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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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Last week, Matt Taibbi posted a piece in Rolling Stone about Bernie Sanders’ now-official candidacy for President. Taibbi paints Sanders as a true outlier in that he’s beholden to his ideals and his constituents, as opposed to monied interests. The resulting picture is a flattering one: [Bernie Sanders] is the rarest of Washington animals, a completely […]

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In my Master’s thesis, I posited that the tragic nature of 20th century socialist experiments was due to the fact that the democratic-socialist ideals of equal political participation, egalitarian wealth distribution, and voluntary labor were simply unattainable at the time. The advent of the Internet, I argued, presents the possibility of global, participatory democracy, and the ability to […]

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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 yesterday’s New York Times, Shaila Dewan wrote an article highlighting the difficulties that stem from driver’s license suspensions. The subject matter is unremarkable, at first glance. Any number of traffic violations or criminal prosecutions can result in a suspension; this is the bureaucratic norm. What Dewan discovered, however, is the ways in which these suspensions […]

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In yesterday’s New York Times, Shaila Dewan wrote an article highlighting the difficulties that stem from driver’s license suspensions. The subject matter is unremarkable, at first glance. Any number of traffic violations or criminal prosecutions can result in a suspension; this is the bureaucratic norm. What Dewan discovered, however, is the ways in which these suspensions […]

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February 3, 2018

This is, clearly, a continuing story. In an online article in a new UK magazine, The Amorist, computer science professor Kate Devlin urges that sex bots (and digital assistants, like Siri) shouldn't just be "gynoids"; we should have access to "androids" as well. And then there is my personal experience of drawing from the nude. Increasingly, I find or realize, that breasts now often -- and unfortunately! -- are coming in just one, too-perfect shape. (In the augmentation industry it's called "round," and I believe the most popular fill is on the order of 400ccs.) Are we finding that the simples...

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

In yesterday’s New York Times, Shaila Dewan wrote an article highlighting the difficulties that stem from driver’s license suspensions. The subject matter is unremarkable, at first glance. Any number of traffic violations or criminal prosecutions can result in a suspension; this is the bureaucratic norm. What Dewan discovered, however, is the ways in which these suspensions […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Gun. Pour ses explorations des traductions, vers le français, de la poésie, voir, par example, Translating Dickinson, Poetry as Conversation, et Dylan, Nobel, Paris, Chimes Flashing. Some readers may also find of […]

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

In yesterday’s New York Times, Shaila Dewan wrote an article highlighting the difficulties that stem from driver’s license suspensions. The subject matter is unremarkable, at first glance. Any number of traffic violations or criminal prosecutions can result in a suspension; this is the bureaucratic norm. What Dewan discovered, however, is the ways in which these suspensions […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Sex, Politics—is due out in 2017. His previous, Emily-Dickinson-related, multilingual writing: Translating Dickinson (into French) and Dickinson — Sex, Spanish, Stew. Some readers might also be interested in Beyond […]

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