Perkinson identifies slavery as the progenitor of the state’s control model of...– American Hell | The New Republic — a review of Robert Perkinson’s book on the Texan penal system (Texas Tough), by Marie Gottschalk. I’m fascinated by the comparison of institutionalized punishment to the system of slavery — the connection seems clear once stated, but I...
Among the most obvious appeals to conservative white voters here is the...– Stuff White People Do: Pose In Cowboy Drag — excellent post, check it out.
The Butch Clothing Company - Suits, shirts,... →
Another deviation from my normal postings, but I have to post this: it’s a clothing company aimed at butch women who want very slightly-tailored men’s clothes! Depending on whether you live near Brighton UK or not, their policy of meeting in person for consultation is either fortunate or unfortunate. I am currently investigating making a side trip there when I’m in the UK in...
But our political culture affects the way we think about the past as well. Too...– Michael Tomasky for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
What is it about immigration that drives America crazy mad, makes us forget who...– Book Review: ‘Not Fit for Our Society’ by Peter Schrag - Los Angeles Times. Cannot begin to describe how excited I am to read this book. So glad someone wrote it, and wrote it so quickly. It seems an obvious historical oddity to me, as a scholar of 19th century America, but sometimes...
‘Emily never thinks of herself,’ [Otis Phillips Lord] remarked to...– Emily’s secret love - The Boston Globe, reviewing Benfey’s new book. While this barters in the kind of biographical digging I find discomfiting — why do we search so diligently for Dickinson’s loves? what is wrong with a woman who is not in love? — it also sounds like a...
50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 selections →
A selection of outstanding book cover designs for the year of 2009, including the Everyman Library’s new edition of Frankenstein.
Two teenage girls, Ivy Maine and a friend, were arrested for being drunk with a...– Dead crook and running the rabbit: the larrikin vernacular — learn more about larrikinisam at Wikipedia.
Dance Your PhD! →
“We are proud to announce this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ video competition. We invite anyone who has a Ph.D. or is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in a science-related field to transform their research into an interpretive dance and submit it for a chance to win up to $1,000 and receive recognition from Science magazine. Submitting your entry is easy! Please become a fan of our...
Alarming research being conducted at Cornell University is creating quite a...– News at Feministing about some frightening research. See also Dreger and Feder’s article on the subject.
Disability Terminology: A Starter Kit →
Found at Feministe, a starter kit particularly aimed at people without disabilities and/or media writers. Fairly straightforward, in simple instructive language, which I particularly like. “A better term to use is ‘wheelchair user’: ‘Marika is a wheelchair user.’ ‘Ai uses a wheelchair for mobility.’ Something to bear in mind here is that not all people who use wheelchairs use them all the...
Teen With Asperger's Arrested →
The headline questions whether or not callers who identified the teenager as “potentially having a gun” were racially profiling him. More significant for me is the way that the man’s Asperger’s affected his response to the police, and how little they were equipped to cope with his difference.
It’s true, sometimes I feel a lot of anxiety about which book I should choose,...– Greetings From the Biblioracle by John Warner - The Morning News