Oh, NOW You Want To Talk About Gentrification

Gentrification is all the rage right now. There are new (and really good) books being released on the subject, neighborhood groups have formed to address it, and it’s a hot button topic for just about any news week, which is saying a lot considering current presidential antics. And yet, in an odd and karmic twist,…

So Serpentor walks into an NSC meeting

If you are of a certain age or have a predilection for old cartoons, you will recall the old G.I. Joe show from the mid-80s. The primary antagonists were COBRA, a well-heeled terrorist organization led by the asthmatic and mirror-faced Cobra Commander. If you stuck with this political caprice for a season, you will also…

James Baldwin as General: I Am Not Your Negro

A lot of words can be ascribed to James Baldwin, but the one that sticks the landing is “prophet.” James Baldwin told us Trump was coming. He did not do so directly, of course. By the time Baldwin died in 1987 Trump was two years into yet another lawsuit, this time for forcing tenants out…