Cross-Country Road Trip in 9 Squares

Last month I drove across the United States from Oregon to New York with my friend Matt. Side note: he’s been begging to be written about since last year (apparently one dedicated post and a handful of other mentions weren’t good enough for him!!). Sometime in the middle of Wyoming he turned to me and said, “Does…

Review: Gang Leader for a Day

What it is:  Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh is an inside look at gang life in the Chicago housing projects, particularly the activity of the Black Kings at the Robert Taylor Homes during the early 1990s. Venkatesh spent years in and around the complex, collecting data and anecdotes for his graduate work in sociology. He…