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New Book Monday

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On April 22, 2019
My new book is officially out today. Occupied Territory is a project that dates back to my early years in graduate school, which makes this a book roughly a decade in the making. The book takes a hard look at the development of a policing regime in Black Chicago over the span of about 50 […]

Occupied Territory

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On March 26, 2019

Forgive the self-indulgence, but over the weekend I got to hold a copy of my book in my hands for the first time. Later in the weekend, I got word that copies ordered directly from UNC Press had begun

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 recommendati

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There’s a really great, important interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates by Eric Levitz up today over at the New York Magazine website. The headline is pretty silly, but the piece itself is a thoughtful conversation between Levitz and Coates revisiting Coates’ classic article “The Case for Reparations,” meditating on reparations as a moral and political project, and […]
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Between Netflix ponying up $45 million for the adaptation of J.D. Vance’s whitewashed vision of Appalachia and Liam Neeson revealing his racist revenge fantasies while out on the promotional circuit for a film for which he’s making eight figures, this week’s news cycle contains an array of solid reminders that white supremacy is not just […]
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10 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

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On December 20, 2018
Every year, going back to my pre-LGM days, I’ve made lists of my favorite books I read in a given year. (Last year’s list, my first for LGM, is here.) This year’s list follows. A few notes: I had a little less time to read this year between finishing my own book, doing an interstate […]

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 wee

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