LOVING is the Jeff Nichols film about the two plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, the landmark decision that struck down miscegenation laws; laws that were a vestige from slavery which criminalized marriages between the races, specifically whites and anyone non-white. In 1958 Richard—white (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred—African American (Ruth Negga) broke … Continue reading LOVING
As a writer, words are my currency, and like all currencies, different words have different value. Say what you will about sticks and stones, but some words do more than hurt, they evoke fear, outrage or derision. Genocide, racist, apocalypse, pandemic, termination or circus peanuts are such words. On the other hand, there are words … Continue reading Sticks and Stones
I have been in a fog these past four days trying to make sense of the election results. One of the ways I process loss is by reading; collecting every bit of information I can so that I can distill from it a lesson. I don’t think it’s just me, but millions of us want … Continue reading No Single Story
We’re going to be autopsying the body of the 2016 election for years and may never figure out how we ended up where we are. I sit here at 2:30 a.m. trying to fully absorb the truth of what just happened, that Donald J. Trump is our President-elect. I keep wondering if I saw the … Continue reading The Divided States?
Since today is Dias de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, I am inspired to share my favorite suggestion when friends ask what they shouldn't miss out seeing while they travel. My usual reply: Go to a cemetery! Well, yes, I'm kind of morbid, but I also am fascinated by grave yards because I learn … Continue reading Where to Find the Bodies