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Rahm, Chuy, and the Real Problem with Chicago Politics

As I write this, Chicago is gearing up for its first mayoral election runoff, between Jesus “Chuy”  Garcia and Rahm Emanuel. Liberals and progressives in the city and outside it are salivating over what they term a historic runoff,  conveniently neglecting to remember that the law determining runoffs was only created in the 1990s.

Working Skin: Joseph Hankins Writes about Leather, Japan's Buraku People, and Global Circuits of Identity Formation

One evening, over a decade ago, I sat next to Joseph Hankins at a Chinese restaurant in Uptown, where a large group of us had decamped after a&nbsp

Don’t Let Sean Penn’s Joke Distract You From All That Other White People Stuff At the Oscars

February 23, 2015

 

The moment he paused the first time, after being handed the envelope with the name of Best Picture at this year’s Oscars,  I knew Sean Penn was heading towards a joke.  And then he paused again, in apparent disbelief, and finally delivered the line, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card? Birdman!”

Solidarity without Affect: The MLA Subconference Enters Its Second Year

I was at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention some years ago, waiting to meet up with a friend in the lobby of one of the hotels.  We were trying to find each other in the midst of the crowds, and he insisted he was in the lobby itself; I insisted I couldn’t see him.

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