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My parents arrived in America in the 1980s. They emigrated from China—godless, chaotic, Communist China—a place that was reeling from decades of turmoil, struggling to orient itself after the death of a leader who loomed larger than God. They’d least expect to encounter characteristics of that China in their new home, in one of the world’s most developed countries, nearly three decades later. Both my mother and my father came of age in Shanghai during...
Almost perfectly coincident with Vladimir Putin's recently renewed pledges of allegiance as Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Rigged Elections President of Russia is news that he has been constructing, allegedly of course, "Project South," a massive private palace on the Black Sea. Since his reiterated swearing-in was met with mass protests, which were then met with a heavy police crackdown, which then elicited US statements of disapproval—which have more recently been followed by by Putin saying...
The Obama brownstone, ca. 1983-1988, around the time he would have lived there. From NYCs Tax-Photo Archive. Among the juicy bits of gossip we've learned from Girlfriendgate—such as who is (white girlfriend) and who is not (Michelle) a composite character—comes this bombshell: Barack Obama lived for a time in a brownstone in Park Slope. He and then-girlfriend Genevieve Cook shared a top-floor apartment on Second Street, off of Prospect Park West (the same block where...
So. "Jungle Fever" is the name which the local print-tees-and-lackluster-plaids outfitter Brooklyn Industries has settled on for their 2012 Summer Collection. The new and newly emphasized shorts and cardigans are modeled by a white woman and an African-American man, looking all angsty, presumably because of society's cruel censure of their taboo desire to miscegenate sweatily and repeatedly. Does this collection's "narrative" purport to explain why this particular provocation is actually progressive? The answer, as ever...

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