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Pod Talk

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On March 20, 2019
I spend an incredible amount of time commuting these days, which means that I’ve gotten really into podcasts. Apropos of nothing, I figured other pod-heads would perhaps enjoy a few recommendations. Here are my five current favorites, in no particular order and ranging from the educational/useful to the macabre to the ridiculous. Justice in America: […]
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Many readers even passingly familiar with the modern music industry will, by now, probably have heard of the Times breaking story on Ryan Adams’s abusive and manipulative relationships with women and girls.  The overview of the story is that Adams involved himself with numerous women in ways that were nominally professional but that he tried to make […]
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Solidarity in this Age of Hate

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On December 29, 2018
Mollie Tibbetts was a student at the school where I now teach. For those who don’t recall the story, Tibbetts was a 20-year-old student at the University of Iowa who went missing while out for a jog this July. Her body was recovered a month later and an undocumented worker living in Iowa was charged […]
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Snowflakes

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On December 14, 2018
Two nights ago, I met my partner for a cocktail at a bar near our house in Madison, Wisconsin. (My job is in Iowa City, her job is in Madison, I’m back and forth.) It had already been a long week. I’d been in Chicago Monday and Tuesday for meetings, and in Iowa City Tuesday […]

On Mississippi

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On November 28, 2018

In the wake of the racist Cindy Hyde-Smith winning in last night’s Mississippi runoff, I keep seeing variations on this theme: “Of course Mississippi elected a racist to the U.S. Senate. I

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