More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers introduced me to "Hell You Talmbout," a magnificent piece of social activism by Janelle Monae and Wondaland Records from 2015. The song is primarily a roll call of Black Americans that have been murdered by the police and that it feels even more prescient right now than it did in [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. XIII: $600 Is a Powerful Amount of Money

Shelter in Place, Pt. XIII: $600 Is a Powerful Amount of Money

Congress is in the early phases of negotiating another massive stimulus package and it's tempting to append "before it's too late" to the end of that statement but, in truth, it's probably already too late for this next stimulus package to have anything near optimal impact for the people it's meant to serve. Of course, [...]

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

"Tell me what democracy looks like," said a young black man. His words, amplified through a megaphone, carried across the intersection to where we stood. "This is what democracy looks like," came the response from the crowd that had flooded each of the four corners of our city's small downtown. We wore masks and stood [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. I: COVID-19 and the Failure of American Empathy

Shelter in Place, Pt. I: COVID-19 and the Failure of American Empathy

Post-apocalyptic fiction rarely focuses on the fall. There's the initial outbreak, the surprising interaction between man and beast or man and nature that introduces some mutagenic pathogen to first one individual and then, rapidly, countless others. Then comes the smash cut to a hollowed out world of ghost towns and ragged survivors, a bombed out [...]

What a World We Have Made

What a World We Have Made

Three years ago The Decemberists released What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, the band's seventh full-length album which, like most releases from Portland's premier prog-folk outfit, is clever and catchy and thoughtful. Stylistically, What a Terrible World hews closely to The Decemberists' well-established folksy style but the album is no worse for being [...]

This Week In NFL Incompetence: Week 5 – Vice Presidential Hypocrisy

This Week In NFL Incompetence: Week 5 – Vice Presidential Hypocrisy

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence attended an NFL national anthem performance in Indianapolis. Typically, this would imply that he watched the football game that followed but in this ridiculous stupid maddening curious instance it does not. Because, as soon as the anthem - for which several visiting 49ers players kneeled - was over, Pence exited [...]