The Retro Report examines the infamous crack baby myth of the 1980’s. via kottke.
I respect you. I wanted to be a rapper. I wanted to be a ball-player. Today,...– —Kiese Laymon is the author of Long Division and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Dear First Lady and President, | Cold Drank Basically. (via geedee215) The President and the First Lady need to do better.
Anyway, why does Olivia deserve better than Fitz? Because we all deserve better...– Notes On A ‘Scandal’: Fitz Is The Most Dumpable Man On Television : Monkey See There are spoilers on the other side of this link. — tanya b. (via npr) Fun post. One problem. The reason that the love triangle (rectangle if you count Cyrus, and I do) at the center of the show is so compelling...
Perhaps there is some corner of the world where white kids desire to be Timothy...– Ta-Nehisi Coates, on how the Obama administration talks to black America. (via theatlantic)
I think mainstream American Superhero comics lag a little behind other...– From my new interview about Young Avengers over at CBR, which finds me in a pugnacious somewhat wanky mode. (via kierongillen) Hmm.
The DIY Couturier: FUCK YOU, GAWKER. →
rosalindrobertson: Gawker is crowdsourcing TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to pay off the drug dealers who have a video that allegedly shows the mayor of my city smoking crack. And I think everyone in this city should ask - How DARE you? Let me talk to you a second about drugs, criminality, poverty, gangs and guns….
At our second meal, at the little cafe attached to the upscale grocery store, I...– Sam Anderson profiles Phil Jackson for the NY Times.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that recruiting human beings with...– Conor Friedersdorf on our bias towards “high-skill” immigration.
Digital Baubles: flatbear: I just had the... →
flatbear: I just had the sweetest, tiniest women come into the store. They were both easily in their eighties, hair done up in curls, matching outfits, an entire barrel of perfume each. I thought, okay, they think the old toy store is still in this building… AND THEN THEY SCHOOLED ME. I…
Bilal covers Steely Dan’s Black Cow with the Roots. So, so good. via Okayplayer.
The trailer for Congress, a new film from Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) about technology and identity starring Robin Wright. This looks amazing.
[Robert] Sietsema goes reviewing in parts of the city where yellow cabs...– Ryan Sutton, responding to the news that Sietsema had been fired from the Village Voice (along with Michael Musto, ). Sietsema is one of the best thinkers and writers about food in New York City. He’s introduced New Yorkers to restaurants selling unusual cuisine in obscure neighborhoods...
Who gives a fuck if these guys want to overexpose their brand, right? It’s...– Tucker Stone, on the curious decline of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy/BPRD family of titles. Go read (he also has interesting thoughts on Waid/Samnee’s Daredevil (EDIT: And Michael DeForge. Can’t forget DeForge)).
I'm sorry, Canada.
Me: Y'all should keep Rob Ford, 'cause we all know crackheads work cheap.
Me: Clearly, Rob Ford is on that Green Egg and Hamsterdam diet.
Me: Rob Ford smokes crack, because the only leaf he has time for is Canada.
Me: Yo, are there such things as crack carriers? I mean, crackheads normally do not reach such a standing as to require them, but...Rob Ford.
Me: Ford should have had a crack carrier. I bet crack carriers are to weed carriers as squirtles are to wartortles.
Me: Like you have to graduate to lesser potential prison sentences. Then one day you get to be the "bitch that holds the drink."
Drake is a great artist. Wayne is a great artist. But they aren’t Big Tymers....– The Great Mannie Fresh, on the recently announced Drake/Lil’Wayne/Birdman Big Tymers album. For the unaware, the original Big Tymers consisted of Fresh and Cash Money co-founder Baby. Two thoughts: (1) It’s interesting to think about a counterfactual scenario in which Mannie Fresh...
When the liberal says “race is a social construct,” he is not being...– Ta-Nehisi Coates, bringing the pain. I don’t usually quote this much from a post, but god, this language is perfect. Go read it and his earlier piece on the Dark Art of Racecraft
In that moment, the black pride I absorbed in my home was balanced by the...– From Baratunde Thurston’s How to Be Black. Trill talk. My family is pro-black. Not activist pro-black or black nationalist pro-black, but realistic pro-black. Pragmatic pro-black. Black is beautiful, you are beautiful, and you can be anything you want, but it is going to be an uphill battle and...
Lance Fresh from NBA Fashion talks to Courtney Walker (Design Director at Staples) about LeBron James’ interesting choice of pullover at the post-game press conference for Game 1. There’s something very cool about the fact that he was wearing a sixty eight dollar shirt from a streetwear brand. via Hypebeast
I think a lot about a photograph that is somewhere in my parents’ house (which...– -“Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past” by Yehuda Kurtzer. I love this Yehuda’s brain so much. It’s a privilege to be his colleague, and even moreso to get to learn from him. (via wolkin)
They’re missing the full spectrum of these character’s emotional lives. The most...– Grant Morrison, on what fans of superhero movies miss when they don’t read the comics, via Kevin Melrose at CBR’s Robot 6. It’s a nice quote, but I’ve always thought that DC/Marvel characters were relatively static in the comics as compared to their animated, film and tv...
Anna Jarvis spearheaded the first Mother’s Day events in 1908 to honor her own...– “The Inventor of Mother’s Day Disowned the Holiday, and So Should We All.” $18 billion? Also “kidnappers” — where did Mom Fan #1 get kidnappers from? Who did the greeting card business kidnap? Greeting card workers in France kidnapped their boss, but in a labor dispute way, not a 9-to-5...
I kind of feel like we know the great sin of how the Superman deal went is one...– -Alex Ross, from If Kirby is King, Why Haven’t Jack’s Heirs Made One Measely Thin Dime Out of The Billions of Dollars Generated by His Creations in Hollywood Motion Pictures?, published in TwoMorrow’s new Comic Book Creator magazine. via Graeme McMillan at Blog @ Newsarama. You can subscribe...
[T]he informal mechanisms we use to identify job candidates capture qualities...– Reihan Salam, with some provocative thoughts on Nancy DiTomaso’s writing on the role social networks play in racial wealth and income gaps. I still need to read Still the Promised City, but this feels like a bit of a generalization that makes it sound like the choices made by the two groups...
To pull the metal splinter from my palm my father recited a story in a low voice. I watched his lovely face and not the blade. Before the story ended he’d removed the iron sliver I thought I’d die from. I can’t remember the tale, but hear his voice still, a well of dark water, a prayer. And I recall his hands, two measures of tenderness he laid against my face, the flames of discipline...
Around 2002, Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute coauthored guidelines for...– from a Buzzfeed (!) piece on the car chase which ended with the suspect killing himself on live television last year, “Why did Jodon Romero Kill Himself on Live Television?” - a sad piece. (via taterpie)