In honor of this t-shirt from my mom…

 

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My novella “Sorry For Partying” on Medium, in case you missed it the first time. Continue reading

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“Not exactly hollow, but a little haunted”: what I’m reading this week

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In Noisey, Questlove’s “When The People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America”

In The Nation, Alexandra Hootnick’s “Teachers Are Losing Their Jobs, But Teach for America is Expanding. What’s Wrong With That?”

OnBuzzfeed, Syreeta McFadden’s “Teaching the Camera to See My Skin” and Jarett Wieselman’s “How Judy Grier Became Americas Most In-Demand Best Friend”

In Citypages, Jessica Lussenhop’s “Inside the multi-million dollar essay-scoring business

In The Jerusalem Post, Jacob Magid’s “Occupation – That word makes me uncomfortable, too”

On Sounding Out!, Regina Bradley’s “‘Take Em to Chuch’: OutKast and the Sounds of the Southern Black Church”

In The Chronicle, John Fraire’s “Why Your College Should Dump the SAT”

…and everything about Donald Sterling

iDialogues: on racism, the Clippers, and what to do now

[like you, I’ve been obsessively following this story for the last two days. what follows is a text message conversation I just had with a friend and major sports fan, supplemented with some of the texts we reference. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments. -TB]

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via @BuzzFeedNews: “Clippers Turn Warmups Inside Out Before Playoff Game After Owner’s Racism Controversy”

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What I’m reading this week

 

From Salon, “Gentrification’s Insidious Violence: the Truth About American Cities,” by Daniel Jose Older, and Brittney Cooper’s “It’s not about you, white liberals: Why attacks on radical people of color are so misguided”

From Colorlines, “Gentrification Report: Black and Latino Displacement is remaking the Bay Area” by Julianne Hing, and

From The Chronicle of Higher Ed, “The Moral Panic in Literary Studies,” by Marc Bousquet, about how growing numbers of English department jobs are in comp/rhet and media studies, verses literature.

From The New York Times, “10 Courses With a Twist,” by Laura Pappano, a list of popular college classes each with a long enough explanation to enlighten.

From GQ: “Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous,” by Alice Gregory

From Dissent, “The University and the Company Man,” by Tressie McMillan Cottom