Dear visitor, if you take the trouble to read : I apologize for all the bad, syrup-thick blog prose here. Man is it bad, so much of it. I wish hereby to take responsibility and express regret for many wrongs committed by keyboard.  — pdb

H ere is a nice little Latin phrase, and rare too, (one can’t be too recherché or brief in one’s Latin, it’s getting so common) …

That’s Poe in full smirk, ‘How to Write a Blackwood Article’ — parody it might have done me good to come across sooner than I did, some years back now.

Quare id faciam I pulled from one of Catullus’ better-known little verses, encountered in low-level Latin courses in college. Embarrassing, yes, that I borrowed it in the first place (albeit without much pretension; just liked the excised snippet for itself) twenty-odd years ago. More embarrassing that I’m kind of using it as a handle still !

Well, I’m kind of attached to it still — what can I say? Not every dumb thing you do when young has to be repudiated utterly.

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15 Jul 2021
I’m working on a biweekly newsletter called Ownership Matters.
15 Jul 2021
Noting some things to chew on in Nikole Hannah-Jones’s interview on the CJR podcast.
7 Jul 2021
I’m listening to Masha Gessen on Soviet Birobidzhan and the challenge of Jewish identity.
21 May 2021
Matt & Sam talk with Joshua Tait about conservatism in America — or is it American conservatism? — and the Calhoun legacy.
10 May 2021
I’m (re-)listening to a pair of curiously linked episodes of the Digiday podcast from last summer.
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Palestine

20 May 2021

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I’ve been feeling a great need to revisit a reply I made, last week, to a tweet by Sheeza Shah, a Muslim advocate for social justice and solidarity economy whose home is in the U.K. Shah, whom I don’t know well but have connection with through friendship between Solidarity Hall  …

Briefly

21 Jan 2021updated : 23 May 2021

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I’ve made a little push to add some blog functionality in the last couple of days here — something I’d been side-track scheming for a few months without getting to. In a strict sense, you could say, it’s a separate blog, but the practical end is that I have a  …

Business

9 Dec 2020updated : 14 Dec 2020

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In May this year I stepped for the first time, in a formal way, into the labor organizing world, joining the National Writers Union. I’m not primarily a writer at present (nor aim to be) and by and large in my working life haven’t had writing-centric roles as employee, so  …

Among the Nazis

11 Oct 2020

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A lot of us are thinking more than we might’ve once been used to about fascism these days, and I’m no exception. I was already thinking about the subject a good deal — partly through my part in a modest, sort of peculiarly enduring project called Solidarity Hall, which has  …

Abolition & freedom

1 Oct 2020

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Below, an excerpt from a podcast-produced interview with Ruth Wilson Gilmore by Chenjerai Kumanyika for The Intercept, from June. I didn’t learn of it until a few days ago (via another, recent, with Mariame Kaba). So it wasn’t in mind when I wrote that long June post, of course, but  …

Credit

2 Aug 2020

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I’ve just learned of Christian Wiman’s ‘All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs,’ published in January, in catching up on recent episodes of the Commonweal podcast. This little poem goes too well with the previous public-facing post for me to forgo a mention. It’s too short a thing, for that  …

Record

25 Jun 2020updated : 28 Jun 2020

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Back at start of the month, when the Tom Cotton op-ed appeared in the New York Times, my first response — not to what he wrote, since I didn’t read it, but to the situation — was to tweet this:   It’s a reaction out of step with the general  …

Thing with feathers

2 Jan 2020updated : 14 Jan 2020

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I live now just blocks from the shore of Lake Michigan, the eastern edge of Chicago’s expansive south side — near the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which gave lasting imprint to urban space in this part of town, and the University of Chicago, founded about the same  …

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