Goodbye, New York

I’m moving to Washington DC. I will miss New York and all of you. Please come and share some laughs and a drink with me before I go. Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008 Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Verlaine Location: 110 Rivington Street, Manhattan, NY (between Ludlow & Essex Streets) Advertisements

Uncle Justin, The President

Earlier this week, one of the kids at the homeless shelter kindergarten where I sometimes teach saw a picture of Barack Obama in my newspaper and affectionately called out “Uncle Justin!” I tried to tell him it was our new president. He stared at me blankly. Another teacher, finding the conversation irresistible, came over and…

Let The Racist Play Ball

Earlier this month, the University of Texas dismissed Buck Burnette from the football team for posting a racial slur, referring to Barack Obama, on his Facebook page. Perhaps there is a good reason to support this decision. The university’s need for some discretion in choosing what kind of judgment or character to condone or chide…

My History or Yours?

My fiction project about a black girl growing up in antebellum Kansas and Philadelphia tends to generate a lot of curiosity. People want to know why I am not writing about Indian Americans. Or about historical indians. What could possibly resonate with me about a black girl in the 1850s? How could I possibly understand…

Executive Hotties

One way or other, we were going to have a real stunner in the new administration (by broad consensus on beauty). I may be the only one in the universe to ever have thought that while Palin and Obama are both very good-looking people, they aren’t, like, you know. . . sizzling hot.  They are…

Democracy: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The cure for democracy, more democracy? I don’t know, really. Although, I am a democracy freak by instinct, I must admit that my better judgment has always tempered that enthusiasm.Tuesday’s events demonstrated how capricious the majoritarian will can be. On the one hand a majority of Americans entrusted its most powerful office to Barack Obama,…

Let There Be No Reason

I want to take a moment to congratulate The Mac. What a wonderfully gracious, unifying, and patriotic concession. I loved that he recognized, explicitly, the wounds of the past and the salve of progress ┬áthat has been a hallmark of the extraordinary history of this most extraordinary country. ┬áHe also recognized the importance of the…