Alas, a Blog

Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

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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“Future of Journalism” got ya down?

By reader / February 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

New Watershed Media post explores “the Future of Journalism” as a techno-industrial metaphor that perpetuates the crisis of journalism by deepening the funding drought for news production in neglected communities. Check it out: “The crisis of journalism as metaphor: Or, why not just pay more journalists?” Watershed Media Project, January 29, 2013

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Shield Law Wouldn’t Apply to Non-Journalist Journalists

By reader / August 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

The New York Times notes that an important shield-law bill for journalists is heading for a vote in Congress has been modified in the wake of the WikiLeaks/Afghanistan story: “Senators Charles E. Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, Democrats of New York and California, are drafting an amendment to make clear that the bill’s protections extend only […]

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