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Ferguson interviews (August 2014)

I gave a couple of interviews on the recent events in Ferguson, and the myriad issues it raised: police violence, racial profiling, zero-tolerance policing, militarization, crowd control, and the various forms resistance can take.

The first was a roundtable discussion on the Marc Steiner Show in Baltimore.  The other guests were a retired cop and a community activist.  The conversation didn’t go the way I expected, in part because no one tried to defend the police, and in part because I was outflanked from the left.

The second was a one-on-one interview with KBOO’s Bill Resnick in Portland.  Among other things we talked about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s essay in Time, “The Coming Race War Won’t be about Race.”  The interview is titled “Our Enemies in Ferguson,” which I think is pretty clever.

Getting Older (August 2014)

I turned 40 this year, so to get my revenge against time I wrote an essay about adolescence and a short story about middle-aged punks.

The first looks at the superhero tropes in Donnie Darko and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and considers how they relate to psychosis as well as normal teenage angst.  It ran at The Hooded Utilitarian.

The second is a dialogue about aging and authenticity.  You can find it at

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