Mad Men, Season 3, Episode 7: Seven Twenty Three.

Wow. So much to say, right? Where should we start?


Friday Random Ten

Let’s be real about this: there’s no Genius involved in sorting through this list. So it’s all random from this point forward:

1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Joni Mitchell (slb)

2. Soon by My Bloody Valentine (Jamelle)

3. My Love Grows Deeper Every Day by Nelly Furtado (Shani-o)

4. Best for Last by Adele [...]

Book of the month: Quicksand by Nella Larsen.

Referred to as a “tragic mulatto tale,” an accurate description, yet one that has never interested me, Quicksand by Nella Larsen is about the most frustrating black female lead I’ve ever read–Helga Crane. She’s a woman whose eccentricities today, I imagine, would be imitated and fawned over. Her described beauty [...]

Connecting a Few More Dots.

(Cross-posted from the League of Ordinary Gentlemen and U.S. of J.)

Ta-Nehisi Coates:

There’s a part in The Audacity Of Hope, where writing about race, Obama notes that, rightly or wrongly, a significant swath of white people are exhausted, and repeatedly scolding them (even if you’re right) is unlikely to alter the poverty stats. What [...]

Moral Kombat.

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Notes on Brick City: Part 1 and 2.

(by Kiana, x-posted from ProperTalks)

Sundance’s Brick City is the only reality TV show worth watching this week. The street soldiers, sheroes and heroes of Newark New Jersey along with Mayor Cory Booker are all attempting to renew Newark’s urban landscape but they are up against the city’s infamous reputation, earned mostly with [...]

More Supermarkets, Please.

via Wikimedia Commons.

Up until last fall, I lived in Bed-Stuy, and the only supermarket near me was so far away that I would just do my food-shopping on the way back from my gym — which happens to be in a completely different neighborhood. The bodegas on either end of the block [...]

The White Racist Meme.

(by Jeremy Levine, x-posted from Social Science Lite)

It would be an understatement to argue that the mass media has taken on racial analysis with unprecedented zeal since the election of Barack Obama. Unfortunately, in attempts to present fair and balanced news coverage, cable news programs have typically included panels with representatives [...]