Posts Tagged: Barack Obama

Cowboy or Terrorist? Harney County and the Trump Presidency

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One person’s freedom to do anything they want can mean the absolute negation of another’s freedom. ...more

The Woman Behind the Curtain Pulling the Levers: Talking with Zinzi Clemmons

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Zinzi Clemmons on What We Lose, representations of blackness, and life's influences on writing. ...more

What to Read When You Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Good

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A list of picture books to create meaningful conversations with kids about the way America is now and the ways we hope to make it better. ...more

Transgressive and Unruly Women: Talking with Anne Helen Petersen

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Anne Helen Peterson discusses her new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, her writing process, and academia. ...more

There Is Simply No Time for This: Whose Streets? and Civil Rights Cinema

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It is unlikely I will see the US justice system evolve toward an egalitarian ideal in my lifetime. But Whose Streets? does offer a clearly visible North Star. ...more

Where You Put It on the Line: A Conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

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Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for. ...more

The Big Idea: Bill McKibben

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Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 11): “Skinhead”

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Using dramatic monologue, Smith unmasks the skinhead’s anger to fend off threats to his way of life. ...more

Readers Report: The Emperor’s New Clothes

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A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “The Emperor's New Clothes.” ...more

Binary States of America: A Letter to Obama

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In the end, although I wanted you to be more like Charles Bronson or Malcolm or Luke Cage, I am very proud to have witnessed your historic presidency—the successes, and even the disappointments. ...more

Choosing Stories: On Partisanship, the Media, & American Ideology in 2016

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What kind of change do I want, and what does fighting for it look like, today? ...more

Letters to Laura from a McDonald’s in Brooklyn

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Tonight my loneliness is infinite and I could eat dinner or dance with my limbs wild because there is no gravity keeping me grounded. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Ben H. Winters

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Ben H. Winters discusses his new novel Underground Airlines about an America where the Civil War never took place, writing speculative fiction, and modern racism. ...more
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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Angela Flournoy

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My ambition is personal. I don’t think I need to succeed so that the race can succeed. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Bill Cosby’s Faux Legacy

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Bill Cosby was never the man, the icon, the protector and illustrator of black culture, the guide, the genius we have created in our minds. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Midnight in the Century

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...today’s poetry apologists for the Iraq war just keep repeating their intelligence error odes. Wouldn’t it be better, however, if they would address the horror of the failed effort in Iraq? ...more

Satirical America

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Has the US turned into a satire of itself? Consider how quickly Congress has gone from championing Freedom Fries to chastising President Obama’s absence from the Paris peace march. Over at the LA Times, David L. Ulin looks at why Americans are choosing irony over satire:

Is it coincidence, then, that the rise of postmodernism in the 1970s overlaps almost exactly the decline of satire?

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Ishmael Reed On The “Jim Crow Media”

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This last year Ishmael Reed published a book of satirical essays targeting the current American media: Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers.

Despite being a MacArthur Fellow, a critically-acclaimed author of nine novels and numerous other volumes of poetry, essays and criticism, Reed, a long-time resident of Oakland, CA had to go to a Canadian publisher to publish this book. 

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