Monthly Archives: June 2015

Growing up: Vince Staples and Miguel

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 “I ain’t never ran from nothin’ but the police,” he boasts on “Norf Norf,” to the accompaniment of sonar bleeps that I swear I’ve heard on a Spring Heel Jack record. This 21-year-old occasional Odd … Continue reading

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Rough justice

I’m one of the liberals who supported the death penalty into the early 2000’s. The state has a perfect right to take your life should it find you difficult of a capital crime, I thought. Then DNA became accepted, resulting … Continue reading

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‘Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her’

An avid reader of a coffee table children’s Bible my grandmother had bought me in third grade, I was aware of Solomon’s seven hundred wives, Lot’s daughters drunken date rape of their father, the priests of Baal’s throats getting sliced … Continue reading

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Fighting them by joining them: What Happened, Miss Simone?

When she finally appears onstage after seconds of enthusiastic audience applause, she has a glazed look, as if she had just awakened from a mummified state. The expression deepens. Does she know where she is? Does she know who she … Continue reading

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Yeeeargghhhaaaahh

A few weeks after Ornette Coleman’s death, I wanted to honor him with a little known recording. Besides, it’s never a wrong time to praise Yoko Ono’s early seventies peak. Happy Sunday

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The column I’ve been waiting for. Rebecca Traister: But the other thing that’s so revolutionary about fighting for marriage to be about love and companionship – and not about a strictly gendered economic or social power construct – is that … Continue reading

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Moving on

To the friends who’ve married in the extraordinary last couple of years, I congratulate your freedom to move to any state in the country; its government must acknowledge your marriage. I don’t march in parades or change Facebook photos because … Continue reading

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Madonna and the problem with ‘aging gracefully’

I liked Rebel Heart. I wish “Unapologetic Bitch” had been a #1 hit; it’s better than “Justify My Love,” but because her cultural moment looks as dowdy as baggy jeans no one will acknowledge it. Getting hits is hard for … Continue reading

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Singles 6/26

After two straight weeks of marvels, I was due for a slough. Fetty Wap and Kevin Gates reveal that they’re mortal, Leona Lewis that Adele is still a sthing, and Jean-Michel Jarré that he’s alive in theory. Maybe this explains … Continue reading

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The smell of defeat

What reaction looks like. Michael Poterma: I’m not saying merely that if Bork hadn’t been rejected, President Reagan wouldn’t have appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote today’s opinion: I think that if Bork had been on the Court, that platform … Continue reading

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The ‘cynically manufactured and meritless argument’ of the King v. Burwell plaintiffs

Reading John Roberts’ majority opinion on the bus this morning, I was struck by the glee with which he skewers Antonin Scalia for the associate justice’s willingness to ignore statutory intent for the sake of his politics. This is called … Continue reading

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John Roberts: he ain’t goin’ nowhere

With the Affordable Care Act ruling, a big one regarding disparate impact in Fair Housing Act cases, and a likely affirmation of a right to marry gay coming next week, Anthony Kennedy is gunning for most hated man in the … Continue reading

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