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"The strong sisters told the brothers that there were two important things to remember about the coming revolutions.  The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win." (Anonymous)


Charles Manson and Gay Marriage

November 18, 2014


The internet is abuzz with the news that the 80-year-old Charles Manson Manson might be marrying his long-time girlfriend Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name “Star.”


There is, of course, incredulity all around, but I’m amused by one strand in the commentary that has been showing up: the apparent ridiculousness of the idea that a mass murderer like Charles Manson can marry but gay people still can’t do so in every state.

Introverts and the Kinsey Scale

November 10, 2014


Introverts are not Magical and Special People; they can be assholes like everyone else.  They are ordinary people, not minor gods.

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"Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis": New Piece in Contrivers' Review

October 14, 2014

I'm very pleased to announce that my first piece for the new online journal, Contrivers' Review, titled "Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis," is just out.  Excerpts are below, and you can read the entire piece here.  Many thanks to Pete Sinnott and Luke Mergner for their excellent editorial suggestions. 


Overall, reports and testimonies relating to adjuncts focus on such easily understood narratives of what amounts to what I call Class Shock: the feeling of inadequacy and anger that arises when one’s class aspirations have been trampled underfoot.

We, adjuncts and allies, need to stop apologising for the value of intellectual production and we need to stop rendering its value in terms of the class mobility and the raced and gendered privilege it can confer upon us. We might seize this opportunity to reconfigure the terms of academic success to signify a system that allows everyone opportunities to do the work they desire, without holding ourselves up to mythical standards of class empowerment. Yet, over and over, the most persistent narratives about adjuncts draw upon class nostalgia.

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My Review of Naomi Murakawa's The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America

October 14, 2014


My review of Naomi Murakawa's The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, has just appeared in Alternet.  You can read an excerpt below, and the entire piece is here


Between 1968 and 1976, there were no executions in the United States. Death penalty abolition was seen as such a common-sense measure it appeared in the 1972 Democratic Party Platform. In 1988, only three types of crime were punishable by the death penalty, but by 1994, that number had ballooned to 66. It is tempting to surmise that this came about because of an increased conservative tide toward the institution of the death penalty, but Murakawa shows that, over the years, the Democrats sought to up their stakes in the law and order game.

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