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A Performative Survey of Call & Response in Rap

May 28, 2013 by


I was literally holding the fence when it happened. The woman came struggling and shrieking as a security man shoved her, scooting her resistant legs really, across the concrete floor; then he opened the gate right next to me and threw her out. The fence was in fact only a waist-high railing around the open-air […]

You Only Live Once

August 16, 2012 by


Something was wrong with us; that was our meeting place. It was like we both had a kind of fever. Or a bottomless hole, in the same part of our souls. Or maybe it was only that his hole fit perfectly around the edges of my fever. I don’t know. Technically I lived with Callum […]

The Devil & King Christophe

January 21, 2010 by


Unfathomably swiftly speeded, Earth’s pomp revolves in whirling flight, As Eden’s brightness is succeeded By deep and dread-inspired night —Goethe’s “Faust”, 1806  Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson says Haiti has been “cursed” because of what he called a “pact with the devil” in its history. —Associated Press, January 13, 2010 Flower bundles are laid at the […]

In Afrobeat Fight, Femi Kuti is No Friend of Government

July 10, 2009 by


Femi Kuti cannot resist. He is chatting in his dressing room about improvements needed to African infrastructure and, in the midst of describing his awe at America’s highway system, the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer can’t contain his bubbling over in boyish imitation of the sounds of combustion power. “You have to be envious of the highways […]

The Dead

November 7, 2007 by


More U.S. troops died in Iraq in 2007 than any other year, news reports. In the whole first ten months of the year, the war killed 852 soldiers. Six died Monday lifting to 3,856 the grand total of military deaths from the ordeal. But I ask why should 2007 be not the deadliest of all […]

Who’s the Greatest?

July 18, 2007 by


Football fans in Atlanta and round the globe mourn today because it looks like the man heralded as the NFL’s version of Michael Jordan may turn instead into the NFL’s version of Barry Bonds. Some might have hoped Michael Vick become football’s Muhammad Ali, now an American doll shivering and beloved but once an idol […]