Category Archives: media

when we celebrate

In discussing the place of Juneteenth in the US holiday calendar, it is worth looking at the whole yearly round. Europeans often express amazement at the short annual leave that is given to workers in the United States: the minimum … Continue reading

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juneteenth: revisiting celebration

Space is a central focus in the #BlackLivesMatter protests working to dismantle racial orders, as well as the counterprotests. The protest actions are taking place in public spaces, already changed by the Covid pandemic. Material symbols of white supremacy such … Continue reading

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panic don’t panic

Red alert, day 75. Lockdown, day 65. Private Eye is doing a good job of covering the pandemic these days, not a surprise for the last investigations-focused news organ left. (Cleverly camouflaged with the cover and center section of humor … Continue reading

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choose death

Absolutely brought down to rock bottom by this election result. Sandy Martin being out as MP for Ipswich actually feels worse than the national outcome. We were too depressed even to rant on the radio show this morning. Train station, … Continue reading

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million euro march: a review

Best symbolic clothing: Blue beret with yellow stars, which had the merits of being visible to the helicopters that were counting the crowd, jauntily continental, and in the tradition of politically inflected headgear (the Hats and the Caps). Runner-up: Flag worn … Continue reading

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RIP the village voice

That one time I took a Sylvia Plachy picture. I read the Village Voice every week of the seven years I lived in New York. Every single week. If I was out of town, I bought it at the nearest … Continue reading

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#trinnytribe

Trinny puts seventeen different moisturizers on her face and takes us shopping, but not both in the same episode. She likes to wear things that are made of silver parachute material or have sleeves that flare out like medieval costumes, … Continue reading

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alternative view

Cory Doctorow, speaking at Assembly, gives another view of the last few years of British news, ca minute 47: We have rampant visible corruption in our governments. The United Kingdom where I live, for example, it was just revealed that … Continue reading

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rip the things we forgot to save

An emerging list of lost Internet value: Television Without Pity, where the best posts ever were Stee’s reviews of the original Temptation Island Fametracker‘s “Two Stars One Slot” feature. Where are we now supposed to go for verification that Leo … Continue reading

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to tweet or not to tweet

This flyer comes from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. The quality of the production is not at issue here; Hamlet isn’t one of my favorite plays but I thought this was amazing and would see it again. I particularly … Continue reading

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time and news

I abused the backdate function of WordPress quite a lot on my old blog and I intend to continue. That is, the date on a post is not necessarily the day I pushed the “send” button, but more likely the … Continue reading

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the third act begins

Leslie Harpold, one of the early Internet colonists I encountered on alt.society.generation-x and its spinoffs, died this past weekend of natural but sudden causes. Most of you kids probably don’t remember what life was like back in the early Clinton … Continue reading

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