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June 2, 2007

rips steve


One of my favorite bloggers ever, Steve Gilliard, just passed away after a long fight with complications following heart surgery. I feel the need to write: "I didn't know Steve personally," but what the fuck is that supposed to mean? I never met him IRL, didn't have a clue what he looked like until he was dead, but I also sought his writing out every day for 2 or 3 years, worried over "what might Steve blog?" when I wrote, his thinking seeping into my own process as invaluable touchstone and jumping off point. I have live friends I have know for decades whose minds are a mystery to me in comparison.

I knew he was in trouble after his operation but I was shocked to read he was only 41 when he died. In my head Steve was a big brother: older, stronger, more solid. He was part of a class of under-50 black men who I guess you could shorthand as "old souls," except that the tagline doesn't quite give you a sense of the funny, self-assured, playful juggling-act involved in being a youngish man with a well-honed Stanley Crouch growl. Steve was kind of a grouch really, but he was too incisive for the pat, cloying sobriquet of "lovable," and he also came without the free-floating Crouch-ian belligerence or the hackneyed neocon nostalgia. He struck me as the kind of man other men fantasized about being buds with because his approval was proof of their mettle, while I would bet a ton of women found his written persona endlessly charming for similar reasons of gendered fantasy. Its unfashionable to talk about things in terms of manhood without the obligatory post-post disclaimer, but Steve hated hypocrisy and dishonor in a way that I found incredibly instructive when it came to my own thinking about how to be a grown man. His entire worldview seemed a vigorous assertion that the so-called rank-and-file, everyday working stiffs of New York City were fundamentally decent and brave, and he himself seemed like the kind of cat who was liable to end up on TV someday for intervening in a mugging on the subway. I think there is a sense in which his blogging adds up to a slow motion version of such an intervention. Steve was merciless in his mockery of conservative bloggers who believed that "those who blog also serve," but if there was ever a case in which such a thing might be true, it was his.

rips Steve and condolences to your family and loved ones, especially your co-blogger on the The News Blog, Jen. Although people talk about "Steve Gilliard's blog" his site was a two-person operation and his partner Jen was, as I think he put it more than once, his blogging better half. She soldiered on with an impressive amount of strength and grace after he took ill, and I can't begin to imagine the depth of her sadness and loss.

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December 4, 2006

the dreamlife of potted plants

Free Firedog Lake!

If I knew more about music, I would say the above mash-up was be sung to the tune of Skrewdriver's "Prisoner of Peace." References to the Firedoglake quotes being paraphrased above can be found here, here and here.

Also, for the big picture, Donna over at The Silence of Our Friends brings the round-up/metacommentary here.

Just for the stupids in the world, I want to say that I am in no way directly suggesting that any Firedoglake front-pager is a skinhead or Nazi. I'm just testing the limits of punk / photoshop communication on blogs. The point here isn't that anyone expects perfection from their bloggers. It's that if someone calls bullshit on you, try not to respond by offering up your ridiculous, delusional, fantasy alter-egos, this as if your schtick actually constituted some kind of aesthetic, political or programmatic rationale. No offense, but you guys ain't punk rock for shit, not even do-gooder SHARP punks. I'm not saying I am or was, but I ran into a few back in my youth and I kind of have a feeling they would think you're poseur idiots.

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September 29, 2006


Just wanted to thank all the folks who linked to the Should I use Blackface on my Blog? process flow, especially (in no particular order):

Prometheus 6, Professor Kim, Sunrunner, Alas, a Blog, the ladies at Racialicious, Rachel's Tavern, Monica Jackson, Slant Truth, Feminist Blogs", Salto Mortale, Zuky, and anyone else sent me some eyeballs!

I created the chart in response to the Jane Hamsher thing, but reading the blogs of folks who linked back to it reconfirmed to me how unsettled the problem of race remains in our politics. If engaged, otherwise thoughtful white progressives like Hamsher can't wrap their heads around basic racial etiquette, it seems hard to imagine that less thoughtful, less engaged, or generally hostile white folks will ever grok to it.

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May 2, 2006

scholars and gentleman

Bomani Jones has good piece up on ESPN.com on the impact the Duke rape case is having on Durham, NC. I haven't blogged at all about this case, largely because it was too depressing, but also because Bo and blogs like Hysterical Blackness have been better work covering the story than I ever could. (jimi iz also recently gave the story the patented, jimi-iz-treatment on his blog as well.)

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December 19, 2005

ill music 10 hindu

the illhindu, Siddhartha Mitter, shares his year-end Top 10. Hot hot South Asian divas, of course, lead the way...

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September 2, 2005

friends blogging about katrina

Adrienne and Greg - NO residents, friends of friends and members-in-good-standing of Siddhartha Mitter's illhindu listserv - are blogging about Katrina as they make their way to the safe haven of Atlanta.


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August 19, 2005

new kid in town

the lady has a blog.

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