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Two clips for Malcolm X Presentation
From "The Ballot or the Bullet" 1. Minutes 28-30: "I'm one of the 22 million black victims of Americanism" https://www.dropbox.com/s/9o46j7qmzpb7wls/malcolm%20ballot%20or%20the%20bullet%20minutes%2028-30.mp3?dl=0 Roughly analogous to this, in the printed/ p...
I'm not a politician, not even a student of politics; in fact, I'm not a student of much of anything. I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican, and I don't even consider myself an American. If you and I were Americans, there'd be no problem. Those Honkies that just got off the boat, ...
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From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Malcolm X and the Post-Colonial World
[ The following is the draft text of a talk I am due to give next week at Lehigh's conference on Malcolm X . Any feedback or criticism would be welcome .]  Let’s start with a quote from Malcolm X, from his famous
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MLA Talk 2015: "My Life, Not in 'Middlemarch': Anti-Academic Literary Critical Memoirs"
I presented a somewhat shorter version of the following talk on a panel that I also organized, called "Academic Prose and Its Discontents" at the 2015 MLA convention. The idea here -- apropos of this particular panel -- was to experiment with a somewhat loo...
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In Defense of Stephen Salaita
My initial reaction upon hearing about Stephen Salaita’s “unhiring” at the University of Illinois this week was shock.  One reason for that is that I can certainly see myself in his shoes. I have been involved in sometimes vehement arguments online for more...
One reason for that is that I can certainly see myself in his shoes. I have been involved in sometimes vehement arguments online for more than a decade. In some rare instances (mostly in the first months I was online), I let my emotions get the better of me. Mostly while arguing with supporters ...
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The Telegenic Dead: a Poem
I am going to be working on an experimental poem for the next few days. The method of the poem is simple: I'll look at pictures coming out of the current conflict and write about what I see.  The title of the project is inspired by the following quote from ...
I am going to be working on an experimental poem for the next few days. The method of the poem is simple: I'll look at pictures coming out of the current conflict and write about what I see. The title of the project is inspired by the following quote from Benjamin Netanyahu: ...
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Priorities of the New BJP Government
This weekend cam a troika of stories indicating the drift of the new BJP government in India.  One is an interview with the new director of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, in Outlook Magazine. Another was a sto...
One is an interview with the new director of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, in Outlook Magazine. Another was a story in the Washington Post about the funding for the proposed statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, which if and when it is completed will ...
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Bodies on the Pavement: A Reflection on Malcolm X, Police Violence, and Changing One's Mind
[This is the draft text of second of the two talks about Malcolm X I am due to give this week at Lehigh. This talk is more informal and meant as a personal reflection.] [The above image is from Ferguson, Missouri. The name of the young man on the ground is ...
[The above image is from Ferguson, Missouri. The name of the young man on the ground is Michael Brown. There are much more shocking images of his body on that street that many of us have seen. I chose this one because it at least affords him the dignity of being covered.] ...
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Notes on my MLA 2015
I had a briefer MLA this year – really limited to just attending panels on Saturday, with my Sunday morning oriented towards a business meeting (the executive committee for the Nonfiction Prose division). I have had a tradition of posting notes from MLA ove...
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"Serial" as an Asian American Story
I was hearing a lot about Serial this fall, though I didn't actually start listening to the podcasts until after hearing a lot of discussion of the podcast at Thanksgiving. And then I pretty much devoured it, listening to episodes 1-10 in the course of a si...
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thanks for the post. i hadn't seen the desai essay before, but i agree with your assessment. i suppose it's the natural south asian yang to kang's korean yin (which i criticized in the past despite liking his work in grantland.)

it's not an excuse to be ignorant about race, but i think a lot of the critical asians misunderstand the target audience and production of TAL (and NPR in general) that influences serial.
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A.R. Rahman Goes Desi Again: "It's My Birthday"
A dislocated pinkie randomly landed us in the lounge of our local emergency room the other day. There we were mildly surprised to see Will.i.am and some young dude (who turned out to be Cody Wise) performing a new song on The Today Show. It sounded striking...
A dislocated pinkie randomly landed us in the lounge of our local emergency room the other day. There we were mildly surprised to see Will.i.am and some young dude (who turned out to be Cody Wise) performing a new song on The Today Show. It sounded strikingly like an old A.R. Rahman song we both ...
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Priorities of the New BJP Government
This weekend brought us a troika of stories indicating the drift of the new BJP government in India. One is an interview with the new director of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, in Outlook Magazine. Another was...
This weekend brought us a troika of stories indicating the drift of the new BJP government in India. One is an interview with the new director of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, in Outlook Magazine. Another was a story in the Washington Post about ...
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A Twitter Series: Direct Quotes from Narendra Modi
I'm trying something a little different today -- a series of direct quotes from Narendra Modi, likely India's next Prime Minister. If anyone reading this has suggestions for short quotes I might want to add to this list, please leave a comment or email me. ...
That last quote is for me the worst of the lot. It was cited by the Indian Supreme Court's investigative team as particularly troubling, though in the end they decided not to indict him for inciting violence. There is a detailed discussion of the SIT's report here. See especially the section ...
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I teach 20th century literature in English at Lehigh University. 
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