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Oran Kelley
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Me and PKD
I've read probably three quarters of Philip K. Dick's novels and a fair number of his short stories and even some critical pieces about him. He isn't someone I read in my youth--I was more into early twentieth-century pulp, people like HP Lovecraft and Clar...

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Race & the Left, part 2
Now "Political Correctness" is a term that, quite rightfully in most cases where it is used, has come to be mocked. Essentially an extremely vague and useful signifier for those on the right to throw out when they are losing an argument badly, a signifier t...

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Race & the Left
Being a (white) leftist myself, I am often embarrassed by my fellow travelers' attitudes toward African Americans. Not as embarrassed as I would be if I were a Republican, but embarrassed nonetheless. I think the main thing one has to know about most middle...

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Rachel Dolezal and Race
Race is a pretty complex issue. Race in the United States is both complicated and contentious. Race in the United States today is complicated, contentious and tied up with deep running issues of personal identity. The Rachel Dolezal case is more or less tai...

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Boingboing kindly covers our ears
Had a pretty interesting experience over at boingboing's bulletin board a couple of weeks ago. Full disclosure, the experience ends with me getting banned, but so it goes sometimes. What I found interesting was the norms of the conversation. I am a longtime...

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Pseudo-Knowledge
I am reading an old book at the moment: Paul Krugman's Pop Internationalism . I often find that "in the moment" books like this one ( Pop Internationalism's moment is probably 1994 or so) are really valuable reads later on if they're written by people who r...

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The Phillies: What Happened?
Along with a thoughtful bent and a funny name, another legacy of mine is Phillies fandom. Which, historically has been something like inheriting a proclivity for corns, but lately has been pretty sweet, actually. The Phillies had a decent run there: Win the...

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Lena Dunham's Problem
I had no idea who Lena Dunham was until a few days ago. But I've read quite a bit about her. Apparently Dunham had already become something of a political football before the most recent controversy over the rape scene in her memoir. She's young, female, ov...

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Darwinian Literary Studies
Happened on the brief interview with Steven Pinker in the New York Times Book Review a few weekends ago and got set on a little research project on one of the authors he mentions as a particular favorite: Jonathan Gottschall. Gottschall is a literary schola...

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Complications
No sooner do I run into (and begin reading) one book on the 2008 financial crisis than I run into another, contrasting one: How Markets Fail by a New Yorker writer named John Cassidy. As a reporter of facts Cassidy is streets and streets ahead of Matt Taibb...
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