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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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Ella Baker was born on this day 115 years ago and died on this day 32 years ago. She’s one of the most important political thinkers and organizers in American history. Most Americans don’t know who she is, but were we to construct a Mount Rushmore of organizers, she’d be on it. The great historian […]

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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Supposed “pro-life” advocates in the Ohio legislature are advocating killing women and doctors. Flexing their renewed majority in Ohio’s House of Representatives, Republican lawmakers last week passed a number of pieces of staunchly conservative legislation. Those included a potential law co-sponsored by Republicans Ron Hood and Christina Hagan that would outlaw abortions after a fetal […]
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Some readers will likely remember Matt Desmond as the author of the award-winning Evicted, which documents in intimate detail the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. Desmond has a new piece in the Times Magazine about poverty wages in a job-flush economy, and the simultaneous meanness and lunacy of governmental policy toward the poor. It’s interesting and important unto itself, […]
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