Posts Tagged: Arizona

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe.

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TORCH: Over the Borderline

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I’m writing about the border through the eyes of children because the border is a problem of the imagination.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #84: Susan DeFreitas

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Picture this: a curbside juggler with a rose between his teeth. That’s the opening image of Susan DeFreitas’s powerful debut novel, Hot Season. Vivid (and sometimes strange) images strike again and again, conjuring ponderosa pines, cafés, old houses, and new characters. The book is firmly set in the fictional town of Crest Top, Arizona, and […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Brian Blanchfield

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Poet and writer Brian Blanchfield talks about his essay collection Proxies, touring in support of a prose collection versus a poetry collection, and frottage.

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Book Smuggling

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Writers and activists are setting up an underground library in Tucson, Arizona. The librotraficante movement is an effort to expose Tucson students to the collection of books banned when the school district suspended its Mexican-American studies program. “The word librotraficante shouldn’t exist in America…You shouldn’t have to smuggle books.” (Via Book Bench)

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Soccer to the Rescue?

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At The Atlantic, Rumpus contributor Chris Feliciano Arnold looks at efforts to draw Major League Soccer to Tucson, Arizona and wonders whether building a community around the game can be a healing force in a region “facing one of the most tumultuous periods in its history.”

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Occupy Banned Books

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In response to Arizona’s decision to ban ethnic studies and expunge associated texts from school shelves, the Occupy Wall Street Library is planning to flood Tucson with copies of the blacklisted books. “Acting in solidarity with OccupyTucson and the students, parents, and teachers of the Tucson Unified School District we are going to send copies […]

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Arizona Bans Books

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Arizona has found the Tuscon Unifed School District’s Mexican American studies program in violation of a ruling that prohibits courses and classes that ‘promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead […]

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Politics Sunday

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“All of the prostitutes are against the reopening of the brothels.” The French sex workers’ union takes a surprising stance. (Well, maybe not that surprising if you think about it.) (via TMN) Now Arizona is going to start targeting illegal immigrant kids from the public schools. Nothing like picking on an eight year old to prove […]

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“Papers, Please.” Arizona News Links #4

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Rep. Duncan D. Hunter of California–a guy who owes his career to his father and the population of the Congressional district who continually re-elected him–thinks that being born in the US shouldn’t be all it takes to become a citizen. Why? “It takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen. […]

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Politics Sunday

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Remember the Wikileaks video depicting the killing of twelve people, including two children and a journalist, in Iraq? Well, one of the soldiers responsible has written a formal letter of apology. He also claims that when he expressed regret and sought counseling after the incident, he was told, “Don’t be a pussy.” It’s like Star […]

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