Work & writing by Josh Wilson

Alas, a Blog

Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

Look at President Donald J. Trump playing “Baby Pinochet”

By reader / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

As of this writing, secret police are cruising the streets of at least one American city, hustling citizens engaged in First Amendment-protected acts of protest off the streets in unmarked cars, where they are detained without charges in federal buildings. Stated so plainly, is it really alarmist to accuse our president of playing at Pinochet? […]

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Press Club panel on ‘Big Tech’ and journalism

By reader / December 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Someone put me on a panel about Big Tech — Google and Facebook, mostly — and then someone else wrote an article about it. The event was at City College, and was staged by the Press Club of San Francisco. Check out the article here. It was a fun panel. Also starring the extremely astute […]

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Kim Shattuck of The Muffs was awesome and died too young

By reader / October 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

I don’t know where my old Muffs cassette is these days, but that band carved out a little space in my music-loving heart, and I was so sad to learn that their frontwoman, Kim Shattuck, has died way too young — age 56, of ALS. It’s not just their catchy little snarky/world-weary/get-over-it ditties. It’s the […]

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Here’s what I remember about President George Herbert Walker Bush

By reader / December 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

Here’s what I remember about President George Herbert Walker Bush, on the occasion of his passing. In 1990, on a meandering cross-country road trip, I drove out of Yosemite National Park to see an enormous column of smoke reaching into the sky, so titanic and towering I at first wasn’t able to make sense of […]

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“How Many Black Male Teachers Did You Have Growing Up?”

By reader / August 7, 2018 / 3 Comments

Black Enterprise Magazine poses the question: “How many black male teachers did you have growing up?” (h/t Nettrice Gaskins for posting the article in her social feed.) In WASPy Caldwell/West Caldwell, N.J., the faces of ethnic diversity were Irish and Italian Catholics, Greeks (Orthodox, natch) and the occasional Jew. At James Caldwell High School, George […]

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Tree rings, milady

By reader / May 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

I saw the oldest woman in the world yesterday getting on the bus. She wasn’t the stereotype of a “bag lady,” however. Not odoriferous, nor ranting, drooling, twitchy, etc. She was, rather, the embodiment and definition of age. She was a continent of wrinkles. She was like a fairy tale of an old woman. She […]

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