The Best Moments from John Lewis’s Graphic Novel of the Civil Rights Movement, Pt. 1

March: Book One, cover detail I knew the late John Lewis had been an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, but until I read his award-winning graphic novel series chronicling the era, I had no idea just how involved he was. From 1960 through to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, …

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Borat, Trump’s America, and the Satirist’s Dilemma(s)

Sacha Baron Cohen’s second Borat movie, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, dropped last week on Amazon and I indulged my shamefully juvenile humor side and watched it with an old buddy over Skype. My overarching takeaway: It’s not quite as funny as the first Borat (2006), mainly because it cuts uncomfortably close to the bone, but in …

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We Got a Puppy the Other Day…

The consensus is in: she’s the cutest.That’s hard science, man.Picked her up last week in Ohio, a beagle-poodle mix –12 weeks old and 5 pounds of rambunctious, precocious scruff. She’s been an adorable little pill:gently crooning us to sleep each night,kissing and high-fiving her own face in the hallway mirrors,prancing and flouncing and shitting wherever …

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“Pacing the Cage” Until Joy Breaks In

There’s a beautiful song by Bruce Cockburn on his 1996 album—aptly titled The Charity of Night—that seems like it was almost ready-made for this year’s Covid-19 ordeal. It’s called “Pacing the Cage.” Here’s a taste of the lyrics: Sunset is an angel weepingHolding out a bloody swordNo matter how I squint I cannotMake out what …

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