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“Authenticity” is a trap

The idea of “authenticity” and “selling out” when applied to artists, musicians, and other folks is largely bullshit. Worse, it’s a trap. Let me back up a sec. The other…

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Unisex bathrooms aren’t the answer

One of the popular responses to the outcry over HB2 has been to suggest that unisex or single bathrooms are the “answer” or a “middle road” (or “common sense”) to…

Book Cover: Contempt of Court
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[Review] Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism

More than 100 years ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a black man named Ed Johnson was dragged from his jail cell and taken to the Walnut Street Bridge and lynched. That…

Cover image of The Corner by David Simon, Ed Burns
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[Review] The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood

A few years ago, I came late to The Wire, but caught up quickly. Usually I’m not one to buy the hype for television series, but I had to admit…

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Thoughts on jury duty

Living in the city of St. Louis, the odds are that you’re going to be called for jury duty pretty frequently. From most of the folks I’ve talked to, it’s…

Woman typing on computer
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It’s time to retire the mom test

One of the more humorous ad series today is the Geico “caveman” commercials, featuring a caveman complaining about the stereotype of something being “so easy a caveman could do it.”…