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AAIHS: On Michelle' Wright's Physics of Blackness
As President Obama finishes out his time in office, Michelle Wright allows us to reflect on the question of whether he was or wasn’t the nation’s “first black president.” President Obama, for people like Donald Trump, has been both too black and not black enough.
NBn podcast: Desis Divided by Sangay Mishra
While the number of South Asian Americans living in the U.S. has been growing rapidly over the last several decades, many still ignore their politics. Instead, the model-minority myth leads many to assume the community is a homogenous and largely economically successful group. Mishra dispels this dominant myth with his nuanced account of how the desi community has been shaped by recent political events, especially September 11th, 2001, and has begun to itself shape politics. His book draws attention to the trans-national dimensions of this community and the ways links to home country continue to link those living in the U.S. to political events elsewhere.
Timeline: Freegans dumpster dived for ‘ugly,’ rejected produce
Now Whole Foods is embracing the freegan ethic. With Alex V. Barnard, author of FREEGANS.
PW on The Age of Lovecraft
The scholarship throughout is sharp, current, and often makes use of one of the greatest strengths of Lovecraft study: his abundant published correspondence.
Jason Weems on Prairie Public Radio
How aviation changed the perception of the Midwest through art.
MinnPost: U of M professor captures stories of Somali diaspora
“What I’m basically comparing is the three settlements, three immigration policies and how they shape the migration experience of Somalis,” said Abdi. “In each place, Somalis find certain things that are positive, but also they experience certain challenges that are unique to the context.”
#BGNPodcast Extra with andré carrington
The discussion is centered around the depiction of people of color within the genre and how the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality are represented.
WTIP Radio: The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook and Good Real Food
Interview with Tracy Singleton.
Public Books: How to Write about Videogames
Reviews of How to Talk about Videogames by Ian Bogost and Coin-Operated Americans by Carly Kocurek.
WTIP Radio: 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota
Interview with Rick Shefchik, author of Everybody's Heard about the Bird.
electronic book review: Nature is What Hurts
In this review of Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects, Robert Seguin contemplates the implication of the text’s eponymous subject on art, philosophy, and politics. The “hyperobject,” a hypothetical agglomeration of networked interactions with the potential to produce inescapable shifts in the very conditions of existence, emerges as the key consideration for the being in the present.
Truthout: Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated
Slavery didn't end; it evolved. That's the powerful argument made in Slaves of the State by Dennis Childs. Ever since a clause in the 13th Amendment allowed for enslavement as "punishment for crime," the groundwork has been laid for the prison industrial complex to function as the 21st century equivalent of chattel slavery.
Truthout: Revealing the Fallacy of White Knight Philanthropic Salvation in an Urban Public School
Amy Brown's A Good Investment? profiles an unnamed New York City public school, the like of which "dehumanize people by making them into commodities" and force them to pander to donors to access resources that should be provided to every student in every school.
South Dakota Public Radio: Jewels Of The Plains
Claude Barr wanted to homestead in southwest South Dakota. “The deficiencies of the land,” he wrote “were wholly unsuspected.”
Truthout: The 13th Amendment Created Legal Slavery Through Incarceration
Excerpt from 'Slaves of the State' by Dennis Childs.
Rick Shefchik on KVSC
Interview with the author of 'Everybody's Heard about the Bird.'
Quantum Black History: A Review of ‘Physics of Blackness’
What are the fundamental forces of blackness? A review of Michelle Wright's 'Physics of Blackness' and a discussion of how it challenges the paradigms by which black history is discussed
Native America Calling's January Book of the Month
Interview with Sarah Deer, author of The Beginning and End of Rape.
ArtsFuse: 'Diaboliques'—An essential hidden dimension in French literature
The oft-perceptive critic Remy de Gourmont posits that Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly will “probably remain for a long time one of those singular, subterranean classics that form the real life of French literature.”
KUMD: Mary Casanova on the power of blueberry pancakes.
Mary Casanova, author, most recently, of 'Wake Up, Island,' on collaboration, breaking the rules, and the power of blueberry pancakes.