What I’m Reading. What I’m Thinking.

It was not natural. And she was the first… A poet can read. A poet can write. A poet is African in Africa, or Irish in Ireland, or French on the left bank of Paris, or white in Wisconsin. A poet writes in her own…

‘Let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work.’

Here’s the thing: Nobody hires in August. I know this fact quite intimately. I had begun my job search in the summer of 2008, before my job was ‘eliminated’ at the end of 2008. I was working in the real estate world then, and contrary…

dancebreak.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myknrlmt1Y4] I don’t know about you, but lately, everything is coming up ’80s for me. 1980s. Bad economy, the ghost of Ronald Reagan, bad banks, doc siders, penny loafers, jelly shoes, skinny jeans, jeggings, acid wash jeggings, jelly bracelets (silly bands), flannel. That stupid article…

on, wisconsin!

  America’s new Bellwether State, remains in a detente: Senate Democrats remained in hiding in Illinois, preventing the chamber from taking up a budget bill that includes provisions they view as an attack on public sector unions. And Assembly Democrats began a marathon session of…

now you are free…

One Tuesday afternoon in 1981, while Taslin and I played with what I remember were Barbies, cutting old socks making them into sweater dresses, we heard a wail from the top floor of our apartment building on Teutonia Avenue. I never heard anyone cry like…

speaking of real talk…

While it seems like ages ago (as we’re all transfixed on natural disasters and the revolutions in the Middle East) I haven’t stopped thinking about the State of the Union Address: What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of…

Martin Luther King on Extremism.

via Jay Smooth. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkPyEUPjtDw&w=425&h=350] YouTube – Martin Luther King on Extremism.

same, same. but different.

Thinking about Saturday’s shooting in Tuscon, I remembered an Adam Gopnik piece from the 2007 New Yorker in the wake of the Virgina Tech Shooting. It’s worth a re-read as we uncover ‘facts’ and salacious details about the psyche and life of the alleged shooter,…

what narcissism means to me…

Once I got through my haze of disappointment with my home state of Wisconsin over Feingold’s defeat, I began reading this interesting take on the psyche of the American voter in this week’s New York Magazine. Senior winnows the electorate’s binary options through the prism…

bookmarks. equinox edition.

Jon Stewart, I swear to god… I especially love that they’re dubbing this Rally to Restore Sanity, the Million Moderate March.  My friends and I have discussed it at Brunch, and I just don’t think I can miss this one. There’s some interesting side-eye commentary…