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The Silence

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On April 9, 2018
Junot Diaz is one of this country’s greatest living writers. His new essay on being raped when he was a child, and on the half life of that trauma, is so painful, so breathtaking, so essential. I don’t know how much there is to discuss about it, but I think it’s an important read regardless. That […]
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Mike Pence’s Gay Bunny

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On March 23, 2018
I’ve been absent from the blog lately as I make a mad dash to the finish on my book manuscript and worriedly Google whether or not I’m still young enough to be drafted in John Bolton’s inevitable war. But dropping in to offer this. This is the story of a little gay bunny. A little […]

The Wire at 10

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On March 6, 2018

The final episode of The Wire aired ten years ago today. In my opinion, it’s the best television show in history. (N.B. I am far from a TV buff.) The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey has a good r

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Our Crapo Government

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On March 2, 2018
Sometimes the jokes really do just write themselves: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday the Senate will turn to a banking bill next week, dashing hopes of many senators in both parties that the Senate would be able to pass gun legislation quickly in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. … […]
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Black Panther and Black Children

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On February 19, 2018
There have been some interesting points made on the Black Panther open thread that Scott started, some of which I agree with and others of which I very much don’t. I saw the movie on opening night and absolutely adored it.  There are, of course, things to nitpick, but I think that it succeeded in its […]
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