Category: Politics

Tony Judt talks some sense.

He has a great article up about how many of the cliches we use when discussing Israel and Palestine are inaccurate and harmful to the peace process. He cuts through most of the usual platitudes (“It’s Israel’s fault” / “It’s…

What I See and What I Don’t

Found via Think Progress, a video of an Associated Press reporter diving in oiled Gulf waters and living to tell the tale. I think that there are some really interesting things going on with this video, and they spark a…

Fembots Have Feelings Too

Or, How I Learned To Stop Caring and Admit I Love Pop. A guy I met recently was sort of surprised that he met me at a Hold Steady Show. “They’re such a guy band,” he said, and I sort…

“Heroes” Just for One Day

“I never met a hero I didn’t like. But then, I never met a hero. But then, maybe I wasn’t looking for one.” That’s a line from a Lester Bangs piece, I believe, actually, his epic interview with Lou Reed.…

Caught in a bad romance

I wrote not too long ago in semi-defense of the Twilight books, mentioning that part of the backlash against them was rooted in sexism. I hate that argument. I like dresses and makeup and boys, and Iā€™m still a feminist.…

How to Know You’re Dating a Racist

In response to this atrocious piece about How to Date an Indian (Make daal! Watch Bollywood movies! Learn a phrase in Hindi! Dance!), Samhita gives us a helpful guide to know if you’re dating a racist. Basically, if you just…