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Don’t Call Me Angel: A Case Study In Giving The Lie

One of the more fascinating aspects of antebellum Southern culture to me is the widespread phenomenon of “giving the lie.”  This particular expression refers to the exercise of one’s social power so that one affirms what is contrary to objective … Continue reading

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How The Irish And Italians Became White And How You Can Too

We live in an age where identity politics matter a great deal, and yet we are incredibly sloppy when it comes to thinking of the implications of our identity obsessions.  For example, as I write this my Twitter is telling … Continue reading

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The Fan As Ambassador

For a variety of reasons, I tend to think seriously about the issue of fandom [1], not least because it is an issue which I find to be greatly important in surprising ways in our lives.  To say that one … Continue reading

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Je M’appelle Gummy Bear

Some years ago, when I still lived in Florida, I became fascinated with the French version of a meme song that was a hit in the United States called “Je M’appelle Gummy Bear.”  There were other versions of the song … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Mass Incarceration

Understanding Mass Incarceration:  A People’s Guide To The Key Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Time, by James Kilgore I have yet to read a single book that was labeled as a “people’s guide” or a “people’s history” that was ever … Continue reading

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All That You Can’t Leave Behind

After the difficulties that U2 had due to their documentary “Rattle And Hum,” they spent the entire 1990’s subverting their serious attitude to music, before returning once again to their earnest approach to music-making with 2001’s All That You Can’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Called To Forgive

Called To Forgive:  The Charleston Church Shooting, A Victim’s Husband, And The Path To Healing And Peace, by Anthony B. Thompson with Denise George [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions … Continue reading

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Book Review: Race And Culture

Race And Culture:  A World View, by Thomas Sowell If you have read as many of the books of the author as I have, then there is a lot about this book that will be very familiar.  This is not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Affirmative Action Around The World

Affirmative Action Around The World:  An Empirical Study, by Thomas Sowell In order to understand this book and the author’s approach, you have to know that Sowell is not addressing the subject of affirmative action and “racial” preference and identity … Continue reading

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Book Review: Literary Landscapes

Literary Landscapes:  Charting The Worlds Of Classic Literature, edited by John Sutherland This is a book that really hits home the fact that a lot of people write books that are full of ulterior meanings and ideological axes to grind.  … Continue reading

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