Author: Abigail Nussbaum

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What You Do to Survive

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On November 27, 2018
This thread has been getting some attention on twitter, so I thought I’d repost it here. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot, as the conversation about “good” and “bad”, “legal” and “illegal” immigrants has grown increasingly inane. Wow. We’re really doing this? OK then. My grandfather, Herbert Nussbaum (1910-1970) was the son of […]
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Welcome back to A Political History of the Future, our series about how science fiction constructs its social and political worlds. This time, our subject is Revenant Gun, the concluding volume in Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera trilogy Machineries of Empire, published earlier this summer. There’s a scene in Iain M. Banks’s Use of Weapons […]
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BlacKkKlansman

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On September 11, 2018
I finally managed to see BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s latest film about the real police detective who, in the 70s, infiltrated the KKK. It’s basically as good as all the positive reviews and plaudits make it sound, with fun, dynamic central performances by John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, a black cop who makes phone contact […]
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