Tag Archives: Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Limits of Cool

Barack Obama will be gone soon. No one now gets more than two terms, and there is life after the presidency. Jimmy Carter hooked up with Habitat for Humanity. Bill Clinton has his foundation. The first George Bush simply enjoyed … Continue reading

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Mocking the Mockingbird

Social conservatives say they hate Hollywood, but Hollywood isn’t a smug liberal conspiracy to undermine all that is good and right in America. The major studios simply want to make money, lots of it, so they give America what America … Continue reading

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Police Regression

There’s a term for it – regression. Sigmund Freud came up with the term, for what he kept seeing over and over again. The troubled people he saw seemed to somehow come up with a defense mechanism that led to … Continue reading

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Our Convenient Monsters

Too many people think Hollywood churns out wisdom. Hollywood churns out movies, most of which are silly stuff, often intentionally so, and those that offer “depth” offer something else instead – entertainment, the illusion of depth, which is entertaining enough. … Continue reading

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Shaking Up Everything Now

Oligarchy – that’s the word. That’s because of that new book – Capital in the Twenty-First Century – which Paul Krugman calls the most important economics book of the year, and maybe of the decade. Krugman finds that he agrees with the author, the … Continue reading

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Racist Bones

White supremacy isn’t something awful that happened in the past, it’s one of the central organizing forces in American life – but that can’t be. We have a black president, and endless white folks have said, over and over, decade … Continue reading

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The Curse of Cosmopolitan Modernity

Back in the early fifties, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, kids could catch the last of those Republic serials on the giant consol television with the tiny rounded black-and-white screen that took up a big chunk of space in the living room … Continue reading

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