ArchiveNovember 2015

Slave Labor, Sex Trafficking and The Cult of Air Jordan


Six championship rings, ten scoring titles, five MVPs, one thousand snapshots of athletic transcendence–the legacy of Michael Jordan reads like a record of the immortal accolades of Greek gods. MJ was the apotheosis of sport. He is basketball’s statue of David, less a human and more an ideal. Jordan was wed to the goddess of Nike and on “wings of victory” the two have...

Sitting Bull, Ghost Dancing, and Sioux Resistance


Note: I had the pleasure of unschooling an extremely precocious 7-year old in Chiang Mai and, because of his native curiosity and hunger for knowledge, we touched on some really amazing topics. One of them was the Native Americans of North America, their way of life, and their eventual demise at the hands of European colonists. One of our lessons was focused around the life of Sitting Bull, as...

Here We Go Magic Remains In Vacuum Of Vinyl


For the first time in my life, I have a record player. In the digital age of 99-cent mp3s and Spotify, vinyl is far more than an anachronism. In the accelerated time scales of modern technology, vinyl is a museum relic. Something to marvel at, take pictures of. How the hell do you work this thing? And if you’re a flower-child from the 70s who listened to Seals and Croft and watched...

Steph Curry Struggles, Still Shines


The funny thing about last night’s Warriors-Kings game wasn’t even mentioned in the writeups. Although the line for Steph Curry in the boxscore didn’t betray it, his shooting was lackluster and strangely errant–he missed his first eight 3s before knocking down two timely ones in the 4th. With the kind of tear Curry has been on to start the season, seeing him struggle with...

The TPP & Modern-Day Abolitionism


Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril. ~William Lloyd Garrison~ If slavery and genocide can be found at the heart of the American gestalt, so can abolitionism. In fact, the presence of stubborn luminaries fighting for civil rights, from Patrick Henry to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a very familiar narrative for U.S history students. And yet...

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