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How Augustine's Confessions and left politics inspired my conversion to Catholicism
Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
conversion  catholicism  religion  augustine  theology  christianity 
25 days ago
The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write
A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue.
publishing  writing  academia 
25 days ago
After Charlottesville, New Shades of Gray in a Changing South
Celebrations of the Confederacy have steadily ebbed, and the recent confrontations will accelerate this retreat among all but the extremists.
246  memory  civilwar 
25 days ago
I deleted 40,000 tweets last week. Here's why (and how).
Kris Shaffer - Data scientist. Digital media specialist. Developer. Author.<br/>pushpullfork.com
twitter 
7 weeks ago
I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction
"When people create alternate histories, they are largely replicating a history we already know." by Roxanne Gay
tv  film  race  civilwar  counterfactuals  246 
8 weeks ago
Martin Luther’s Revolution
Martin Luther , by Lucas Cranach der Ältere (1529). Get The Nation Daily. Independent news is more important than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox every…
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9 weeks ago
iDevotion | Comment Magazine
“The unsuspecting iPhone user who suddenly loses service in adead zone or loses all of his or her contacts or, worse, loses thephone altogether enters a state…
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june 2017
Maintaining a Radical Vision of African Americans in the Age of Freedom - Journal of the Civil War Era
Kidada E. Williams We have come a long way since W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction (1935). That revolutionary tome attempted to confront histories of the…
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june 2017
The Intimacy Behind Jazz’s Seminal Image
Ben Webster and John Coltrane. Roy DeCarava. Copyright: Sherry Turner DeCarava/RSD Foundation It’s quite easy to tell the story of how certain photographs were…
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june 2017
The Work You Do, the Person You Are
Credit Illustration by Christoph Niemann All I had to do for the two dollars was clean Her house for a few hours after school. It was a beautiful house, too,…
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june 2017
How to examine vinyl
What to look for examining a vinyl record - The Vinyl Inspector We hope the vinyl records we buy will be perfect, but the sad reality is that with the passage of fifty years, passing through the hands of many owners, vinyl has often been handled carelessly, and played on equipment that raised the risk of damage with…
vinyl 
june 2017
Forum on Publishing for General Audience
With Danielle McGuire and T. J. Stiles in OAH American Historian
history  publishing  writing 
may 2017
Trump on the Civil War: ‘Why Could That One Not Have Been Worked Out?’
Could Andrew Jackson have stopped the war? Trump suggests so in an interview on SiriusXM. The seventh president, a slaveholder, died 16 years before the war began.
civilwar  jackson  246  trump 
may 2017
Op-Ed in NOLA about removal of CSA monument
Argues that the monuments themselves are rewrites of history.
246  civilwar  memory 
april 2017
Trump’s Predictable Rise | Jacobin
The new issue of Jacobin , “ Journey to the Dark Side ,” is out now. Subscribe for the first time at a discount . H istorian Rick Perlstein has made a career of…
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april 2017
Look At Me | Patricia Snow
T wenty-three years ago, under the pseudonym Catherine Maurice, a woman wrote a book about recovering her small daughter from autism. Still in print, the book…
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april 2017
The Enduring Struggle
“AFTER FRED. DOUGLASS.—” barked an October 1850 headline in the Mississippi Free Trader , the state’s leading Democratic newspaper. The article below it went on…
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march 2017
Jesus Freaks & Donald Trump
The Evangelical Martyr Complex in a DC Talk Song
religion  politics  evangelicalism 
march 2017
Writing Through Our Political Tailspin
Image: Nose dive / Deseronto Archives You write like a patriot and that is your blind spot. I’ve seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else…
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february 2017
Enemies, A Love Story
George Saunders explains how writing about Trump voters and writing a novel required the same skill: understanding people you don’t agree with. Photograph by…
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february 2017
'The Great Shame of Our Profession'
Illustration by Pierre Fortin for The Chronicle Review A talk the author gave in Iowa City in October on winning the Truman Capote Award for his book, The Most…
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february 2017
Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman
T he eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of…
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february 2017
Whose Streets?
The history and future of activism in America WHEN THE RESISTANCE BEGAN at Standing Rock, in April 2016, few Americans could tear their eyes away from the…
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january 2017
Life Beyond Biography: Black Lives and Biographical Research - Common-place
It is time to get over our fascination with biographies, and I say this as a scholar who specializes in a field, African American literature and history, in…
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january 2017
The Prisoner
Late one night in 1991, a twelve-year-old boy pulled out a gun and killed a cab driver on the East Side of San Antonio. Twenty-five years later, Edwin Debrow…
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january 2017
Nine Tips for Academics Writing for a General Audience
1) Keep your introduction brief, and introductory. Many academic introductions take on the task of presenting the entire book in miniature. In a...
writing 
january 2017
Liberals risk becoming a permanent minority in America | Daniel T Rodgers
‘Talk of inequality alone will not bring those who feel themselves outsiders in modern America back to the Democratic party.’Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty…
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january 2017
Leaving Conservatism Behind | Dissent Magazine
Leaving Conservatism Behind Matthew Sitman Summer 2016 The abandoned International Boiler Works, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Nicholas A. Tonelli) “You see…
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january 2017
Question, Unanswered: Allen Iverson and the NBA's Culture War
If I close my eyes, I can still picture it, as vivid as day. The defender pulls up his shorts and enters a crouch, his arms stretching seven feet from Allen…
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december 2016
William Darity on Coates Obama Profile in Atlantic
"Estimates generated from the 2013 round of the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances indicate that black households have one-thirteenth of the wealth of white households at the median. We have concluded that the average black household would have to save 100 percent of its income for three consecutive years to close the wealth gap. The key source of the black-white wealth gap is the intergenerational effects of transfers of resources. White parents have far greater resources to give to their children via gifts and inheritances, so that the typical white young adult starts their working lives with a much greater initial net worth than the typical black young adult. These intergenerational effects are blatantly non-meritocratic."
wealthgap  race  darity 
december 2016
Blood and Sugar
A former prison guard’s quixotic campaign to make a Houston suburb confront Its history. Moore at the Old Imperial Farm Cemetery on December 1, 2016. Photograph…
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december 2016
Insurance Policies on Slaves: New York Life’s Complicated Past
New York Life , the nation’s third-largest life insurance company, opened in Manhattan’s financial district in the spring of 1845. The firm possessed a prime…
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december 2016
Podcast Out
A sense of ennui and overdetermination binds the audience of NPR podcasts together in a bloc of obnoxious explainerism IT is Monday morning. Each week a fresh…
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december 2016
On Optimism and Despair
Pete Souza/White House President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 Summit, Krün, Germany, June 2015 A talk given in Berlin on November…
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december 2016
H-Net Reviews
Walter Johnson. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Cambridge: Harvard University Press , 2013. 560 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN…
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december 2016
This Advent, Go Ahead and Cry
By 11-30-2016 Print "The Trumptastrophe," I had called it on social media. I’ve had people unfriend or block me because of it, but as Barbara Kingsolver writes…
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december 2016
The Pitfalls of Writing the First Draft of History
As an American political historian, I’m occasionally asked to offer thoughts about the current state of our politics or, more dangerously, to make predictions…
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november 2016
Fairfax County, USA | Jacobin
The new issue of Jacobin is out now. To mark its release, we’re offering discounted introductory subscriptions . I n the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning and…
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november 2016
Nine guidelines to shape my use of social media
I’ve been rethinking my social media engagement for a while, especially since November 8. I’m not the only one. For me, it’s not so much the election results…
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november 2016
What Is Faculty Diversity Worth to a University?
The spate of racialized attacks on college campuses after the election are, in some ways, the flip side of the protests that sprung up across the country…
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november 2016
A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift - NYTimes.com
Students at Detroit Leadership Academy, a charter school, last month. Joshua Lott for The New York Times DETROIT — On the face of it, Ana Rivera could have had…
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november 2016
Rigging Vim's Netrw
If you’re a Vim user, you’re probably familiar with the NERDTree, a plugin that provides a sidebar for navigating the filesystem, much …
vim 
november 2016
Vim: you don't need NERDtree or (maybe) netrw
Vim's netrw file browser is good enough. With a few tweaks there is no need for plugin like NERDtree. For many tasks you may not even need netrw.
vim 
november 2016
Dr Chip's Vim Page
Includes the Visual Incrementing script
vim 
november 2016
Watching 81% of My White Brothers and Sisters Vote For Trump Has Broken Something in Me
Facebook 54k Twitter Google+ Share After several years of teaching at a large state school, where my academic work had always focused on race, racism, and…
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november 2016
How To Pull The Ground From Under Right-wing Populism
8.8K Shares Share Share Email Jürgen Habermas After 1989, all the talk was of the “end of history” in democracy and the market economy and today we are…
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november 2016
Towards an Opt-Out Button in Left-Liberal Debates | Easily Distracted
I’ve recently had a couple of interesting exchanges with valued folks about formal electoral politics and their connection to the question of what progressive…
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november 2016
Can Truth Survive Trump?
In his essay “The Decay of Lying,” Oscar Wilde refutes the charge that politicians are the consummate prevaricators. “They never rise beyond the level of…
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november 2016
Zadie Smith on Appropriation, Male Critics, and How Trump Interests Her Novelistically
Novelist Zadie Smith at Redaktion BLAU on Thursday in Berlin. Brian Dowling/Getty Images I n an interview in 2000, Zadie Smith told the Guardian about the…
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november 2016
Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric
Dear Students, Because I can no longer claim with any credibility that reading, writing, and critical thinking are essential skills for 21st-cen...
satire  teaching  rubrics  writing 
november 2016
Welcome to the Second Redemption
Between 1870 and 1901, there were 20 black representatives in Congress and two black United States senators. Between 1901 and 1929, there were none. Those…
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november 2016
What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class
My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up…
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november 2016
Gregg Popovich is the NBA’s most ‘woke’ coach
UrbanDictionary.com defines the slang word “woke” as “Being aware … Knowing what’s going on in the community.” In the sports world, there may not be a head…
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november 2016
The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today
If current economic trends continue, the average black household will need 228 years to accumulate as much wealth as their white counterparts hold today. For the average Latino family, it will take 84 years.
wealth  wealthgap  race  nation  inequality 
october 2016
Toni Morrison on Reality TV, Black Lives Matter, and Meeting Jeff Bezos
In an exclusive interview with Natur & Kulturs Litterära Revy , Ms. Morrison talks with Nadifa Mohamed about literature, police brutality and Kanye West’s…
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october 2016
The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison
N ot too long ago, Toni Morrison sat in the small kitchen attached to the studio where she was recording the audiobook for her newest novel, “God Help the…
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october 2016
The Battle for North Carolina
In 1901, America was ascendant. A victory in a war against Spain and possession of a new clutch of island colonies wrested from it, the reunification of North…
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october 2016
Common-place: The Common School: Tell Me What You See
Advice from Edmund Morgan, related by John Mack Faragher
teaching  gradstudents 
october 2016
Married to the(ir) job: living with an academic
‘Academia has become an ever-present third party in our relationship, for better and for worse’ My partner and I met 11 years ago while she was working in the…
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october 2016
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