About That Time I Did Professional Arabface

I've mentioned before in comments that I once had a job where I, for lack of a better term, worked in Arabface. There wasn't any makeup involved, but that didn't matter. You don't have to paint your body to be doing it. I figured it's time, though, to do a full post - my thoughts on this are still not entirely settled. » 8/30/14 4:52pm Saturday 4:52pm

Has anyone read Vershawn Ashanti Young's book?

It's called Your Average Nigga Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity. I caught a look at it in the bookstore today and was thinking it might be a decent book to give my class in the Spring, but I wanted to see if anyone here has read it and might be able to comment on it beyond the (for obvious reasons, positive)… » 8/24/14 6:10pm 8/24/14 6:10pm

Thought: If Corporations Are People, Let's Treat Them Like People

So, I've been giving it a bit of a think, and I think we've been going about opposing corporate personhood all wrong. I mean, yeah, by any common sense definition, WalMart's not a person. It's a series of stores and office buildings which people fit inside. People, as a rule, generally don't hang out inside other… » 8/21/14 10:57pm 8/21/14 10:57pm

Lost Letters - An Alphabetic Story


The alphabet is something we learn as small children, the first step toward teaching us how to read (itself the first step in teaching us how to fritter away time reading articles about cats). There are only twenty-six letters, but those twenty-six can be put together to make every word in our language. But how… » 8/13/14 11:30am 8/13/14 11:30am

Q: What Color Is This? A: The Bane of My Existence.

There's little more annoying as a colorblind person than being asked what color something is. Children love this game, and I like the little weirdos enough that when they ask me I play along. I can't tell you colors of crayons without reading the crayon - and if you rip off the label, I'm lost. If the brand of… » 7/31/14 6:50pm 7/31/14 6:50pm

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