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What Is Left to Say?

In his 1934 essay, “A Negro Nation Within a Nation”, WEB DuBois wrote:

The colored people of America are coming to face the fact quite calmly that most white Americans do not like them, and are planning neither for their survival, nor for their definite future if it involves free, self-assertive modern manhood.

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A Silver Box From Russia: What Was in It Made Me Cry

Sometimes we create our story, and other times it creates us…

I was just like every other kid in junior high. Twelve year old Liz with big red glasses, shoulder length sandy blonde hair and teeth that were begging for some braces. 1,079 more words


What We Talk About in Our Twenties

Over the weekend, I had an interesting chat about chatting.

What we talk about with others.

How we handle social situations.

I’ll admit to getting a little anxious in big groups, and sometimes I feel like I have “nothing to say” — or nothing interesting to say, anyway. 686 more words


You’re Not My Favorite: Twitter Experiments with Infiltrating Your Feed

Twitter is the headquarters of the control freakIt’s a social network for those who want everlasting control over what they see and from whom they see it.  779 more words

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The Body Language of Poetry

Don’t gesticulate with your hands or make faces when speaking, the teachers at my British boarding school told me. It’s vulgar. I’m sure that this enjoinder at such an impressionable age imbued my poems with reticence and austerity. 1,532 more words


Ferguson: 10 Bloggers Speak Out

Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). 841 more words


Aftermath: On Grief

It’s just over a month now since Magteld went away. Thirty-eight days that have gone by in such a haze that I often suspect time has gone haywire. 956 more words


In Defense of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’ve come across a blog post in the Detroit News that was published Monday. It was written by Kathy Hoekstra, a Michigan graduate and communications manager. 2,055 more words


Talking About Race in the Classroom

Yesterday, I wrote about my plan to discuss race and specifically Michael Brown and Ferguson in my classroom today.

We began with a “think, pair, share” activity. 1,791 more words


My Thoughts on an American Flashpoint

“…It was the corroboration of their worth and their power that they wanted, and not the corpse, still less the staining blood.”  James Baldwin, “To Be Baptized,” from… 3,287 more words


Who Is the Greatest "Saturday Night Live" Cast Member Ever?

A friend told me a funny story the other day: On a routine subway ride headed uptown, he spotted a slumped-over man who resembled Jon Lovitz. 894 more words


Reading List: On Ferguson, Race, Class, Poverty

White privilege, and male at that, remains a powerful force in our culture. 
And personally, before I get too sold on my own accomplishments, it is always helpful to remind myself that I started, via a genetic lottery, with a huge advantage. 

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Enough With the Rankings, Already

Poetry is a strange corner of the literary world. When we’re not wringing our hands about whether poetry is dead, dying, or undead, we’re coming up with elaborate but poorly-thought-out ways of quantifying its importance in contemporary society. 603 more words


On James Foley (and Freelancers as Humans)

When I was in journalism school, I read and heard from a lot of  journalists with a hunger to chase the biggest, most important, and most dangerous stories around the world. 1,191 more words


Tired of All These Autism and ADHD Brats

When I was a kid they didn’t call it “Behavioral Disorders.”  They called it “Being a little brat!”  This is just ONE of many memes I have seen on my social networks. 1,502 more words


I Will Not Be Returning to Ferguson: On Journalism and Disillusionment

I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. 477 more words


Rights and Wrongs: On Guilt and Giving Birth

This afternoon I saw this tweet, and, in replying, came here to find the piece I was sure I’d written on the subject in the past, only to find I never had- despite spending a huge amount of time talking and thinking about it all over the last few years. 1,221 more words


I Am (Not) Mike Brown

A man at a protest holds a sign expressing his solidarity – and commonality – with Mike Brown.


Mike Brown is dead. 1,268 more words


Poetry by David Howard


And Her

The morning did what mornings do, left us
alone – although ‘us’ implies some consolation
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Writing as Compulsion

“Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? 1,791 more words


"It's About Staying Inspired" — Exclusive Memoir by Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams, with Benjamin Hedin  | Radio Silence | March 2014 | 11 minutes (2,690 words)

Radio SilenceFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share a first-time-ever memoir by the great Lucinda Williams from… 3,745 more words


The Personal Brand: Performing Propaganda

In the summer of 2013, I became the Esthermachine. It was a performance, a ‘personal brand’ as the phenomena had come to be known – and the audience was comprised of a few thousand followers on 1,690 more words


Elizabeth Gaskell's Inbox

We recently entered our Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project for one of this year’s Digital Preservation Awards.

Each institution was asked to supply up to three images to accompany their entry. 750 more words


Meanwhile, Just Outside of Ferguson...

I followed a trail of blood up the concrete steps as Deja vu overtook my thoughts.

I’d been here before, just a few short months ago, doing the same exact thing, following a trail of blood to an open front door. 1,441 more words


Professional Jealousy and the Interpreter

Dear colleagues:

In the past we have discussed the human relations of the interpreter on a professional level; this time I want to share with you an experience that I had quite some time ago with another colleague. 1,407 more words


I Love Math and I Hate the Fields Medal

I’ve loved math since I can remember. When I was 5 I played with spirographs and learned about periodicity, which made me understand prime numbers as… 916 more words


Spires and Gherkins: Ideology in Architecture

The writer Jonathan Meades once remarked that cathedrals (in this case Salisbury Cathedral) serve to facilitate “the dessication and snobbery of the clergy”. Thankfully this barbed, typically Meadesian remark does not characterise his overall assessment of the building – he goes on to fawn delightedly over its symmetry and drama. 673 more words