May 11, 2017 There’s a scene in the 2016 film La La Land (Yes, I’ve seen it twice. Wanna make it three times?) where Seb (played by Feminist Ryan Gosling) is trying to explain jazz to Mia (played by Superbad Emma Stone). Mia, like many folks, thinks of jazz as the boring background music you … Continue reading A Dad Love Supreme
February 14, 2017 A Little Valentines Jazz for My Wife When love walks in the room It sounds like chaos Boplicity Sheets of sound Bibbity bop badang dang The first time I saw you I heard trumpets Louis Armstrong Heralding the arrival of a saint Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks filled the room Bap bap bap … Continue reading The Bebop of Love
December 29, 2017 How is it possible to sum up a year like the 2017, the first year of the unimaginable Trump presidency, when alternative facts became accepted reality and actual facts were branded “fake news”? It’s been hard to believe any of it has been real. Americans seem to either embrace this pathological liar … Continue reading 2017, the Year America Fell Into the Upside Down
June 28, 2018 I’m sick to my stomach. It doesn’t seem like a survivable idiocracy at this point. It feels like the drift into authoritarianism. Both my undergraduate and doctoral work focused on how fascist movements emerge. My professional work as a researcher has centered on the threat of right-wing extremism. I have to slap … Continue reading America is Becoming a Dystopian Nightmare: What Do We Do Now???
April 26, 2018 When Donald Trump told CNN that the “again” in his “Make America great again” was the early 1950s at lot of white men rejoiced. Not only was that before the Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954) and the pesky civil rights movement, it was before the modern feminist movement and all … Continue reading Incels: Just the latest chapter in the war on women
October 5, 2017 The slaughter in Las Vegas on Sunday was the largest since the 300 slaughtered at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890 or the 250 slaughtered in the 1921 attacks in Tulsa, Oklahoma (or any of the other slaughters in which non-white Americans were the victims). The carnage has America in a brief … Continue reading How to talk rationally about gun control
June 22, 2017 It was a blessing in disguise. My paternity leave from Portland State University was involuntarily extended thanks to a bizarre collaboration between a clinically psychotic felon and a couple of administrators with a clear agenda. That time away from full-time work has allowed be to help my daughter transition from a baby into … Continue reading The Need to Work
March 10, 2016 When I first started writing about the Trump candidacy last summer it was because his hateful rhetoric reminded of what I had heard in my many years of studying racist groups like the Nazi skinheads and the Ku Klux Klan. I feared for the brown members of my family but hoped that, … Continue reading Who the hell is supporting Donald Trump?
January 11, 2016 This is a strange bifurcation point on our blue planet. From this point on there is no David Bowie to share the world with. Like people born after 1980 who claim John Lennon, or those born after 1959 who claim Billie Holiday (as they have a right to), every child born after … Continue reading How David Bowie Bent My Gender
October 2, 2015 I’ve been writing about boys and guns for a long time now. I was writing about it before Columbine. I’m writing about it today and I imagine I will be writing about it 20 years from now. Boys (and men) love guns and shooting them. Some shoot targets and tin cans and … Continue reading Another Day, Another Mass Shooting in America