Oregon, My Oregon

Did you know nine people were killed last week? I hate that nine people died. I hate that because he wasn’t black or brown they didn’t mention his race or assume his motive. I hate that nine people died. I hate that we know this routine, that it’s become routine. I hate that nine people…

Review: The Talk-Funny Girl

What it is:  The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo is a novel about Marjorie, a 17-year-old girl living in rural New Hampshire, and the challenges she faces growing up in a more or less abusive home where her parents keep her isolated and even use their own strange dialect of English. After getting a job as…

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…

Yes, ALL Women

Last night, I discovered the #YesAllWomen hashtag on Twitter. I have never seen 140 characters at a time be used so powerfully. haven't thought about anything important today? read the #YesAllWomen tag. or I'll just retweet them all for you. — Sabina (@submurina) May 25, 2014 There’s been a lot of debate about hashtag activism recently,…