Slow Show was the only song by indie rock band The National that I listened to before I moved to Cincinnati. It found its way onto a playlist that I liked to listen to in the come-down hours after a psychedelic trip. The playlist was made of a bunch of love songs that felt musically […]
As I take up this new project, I think it is a great time to reflect on where I stand and acknowledge what some of my close friends would call contradictions – that voting legitimizes a profoundly racist and violent system, that the two parties are ultimately the same, that the Democrat Party expects the votes of working class and minority voters but rarely delivers on its promises to them. It is easy to empathize with this perspective because it is rooted in true events that most of us have experienced or observed, whether we vote or not.
She was a compelling novelty and he loved novels, but the best part of reading about a character’s chaotic and dangerous life is when you can put the book back on the shelf and be grateful your own life is so gray and repetitive.
One of the most striking elements of After the Lights Go Out is its intertwined corporeal and psychic depth. Vercher separates muscle fibers and draws blood, enticing the reader to the violence of X’s world without celebrating or vilifying it.
Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Southpaw podcast discussing my book, muay Thai training, mental illness, and my political trajectory. Sam is a phenomenal interviewer who opened up space for deeper reflection on my experience and managed to corral me when my flight of thought wandered a little too […]
James Tracey interviews Madelyn Mae (Heather Squire) for the Howard Zinn Book Fair’s Books to the Barricades podcast. Get Hard Bones as an e-book, printable PDF, or spoken word on Youtube.
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This is about the current US rental housing situation. Have you had to look for a new place to live in the last few months? No? Well good for you. No, I am not interested in your anecdote about how your own very particular situation is going swimmingly. Yes, I understand that a monthly mortgage […]
6/24/2021 I don’t remember much about the teacher anymore. The contours of his face and the shape of his hands have blown away like top soil in a drought, non-native particles dispersed in some dust, deposited on a windshield far from their origin. What remains of him has been distilled into a simple question, filed […]
For what the ancients called “the sins of the fathers” we today call ‘intergenerational trauma’. For what the ancients called “sin” we today call ‘epigenetics’. History matters because it’s not about the past, it’s about us. — Pongadisorn Jamerbsin Trauma is real. Ask someone with a PTSD diagnosis what it feels like when they are […]