The margins bite back

Blues Buzz

Paradise Papers. Zadie Smith on New York City. Leonard Cohen forever. Queer short stories. Looking back on Bastard Out of Carolina. The male sensitivity reader. Louis C.K. is going down. The future of being outed after Kevin Spacey. Sikh motorcycle club. Surviving assault and struggling to look forward at 68.

Richmond, Virginia. © E.A. Crunden

Richmond, Virginia. © E.A. Crunden



Around the Globe

Africa. Liberia's presidential run-off has been indefinitely postponed. Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe fired his vice president for "disloyalty." South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are facing a horrifying predicament. The ICC will look into alleged Burundian war crimes (something Burundi rejects.) DRC has a year to hold elections and clean up its act.

Americas & Australia. Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was indeed probably murdered. Texas executed a Mexican citizen. The Trump administration is making it even harder for Americans to visit Cuba. Millions of Puerto Ricans lost power yet again. Twenty-six people were killed in Sutherland Springs, Texas when a gunman walked in and began shooting. An Alabama Senate candidate is accused of serial assault and harassment. 

Asia. The House of Saud went a little nuts last weekend. Trump visited several Asian countries this week, promising U.S. resolve on nuclear issues specifically and inking a number of contracts with China. Lebanon's prime minister resigned. Syria joined the Paris climate agreement. New Delhi's pollution is out of control. Egypt's anti-LGBTQ crackdown is just getting started

Europe. Catalonia's president surrendered to police. Poles continue to protest the erosion of democracy. Germany will recognize a third gender. One bad week for British Prime Minister Theresa May.


Spoken & Written

“I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career. So, O.K., it happened 10 years ago ... Jesus, suck it up once in a while! I would like to ask [him] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago.” -- Gay Talese on Kevin Spacey



Journalism: Reactions to the Texas shooting are wildly different from the NYC attack. A country in the midst of a civil war is doing better on climate change than the United States. Tuesday night saw big wins for progressives -- and bodies on the margins. China doesn't like the media and neither does Trump. Delhi is experiencing "gas chamber"-like pollution -- no thanks to the United States.

Anything goes:

Our oven and stove are fixed. We signed a lease on a new apartment (our dream apartment, really) starting January 1. We're heading off to Philly for the weekend. A lot went wrong this week and my head's all over the place, but these are good things, important things. So, heading off on a train, trying to focus on the bright things at the end of a dark year. Calming thoughts to all.