The Sound and The Fury of Jericho Brown

“His poetry deftly names the forces — be it cop, disease, or addiction — that would have him dead, while he celebrates the beauty, be it in a flower, in a lover’s embrace, or in anything that helps him thrive in this burning world.”

Published: Jun 2, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,712 words)

The American Nightmare

“Either there is something superior or inferior about the races, something dangerous and deathly about black people, and black people are the American nightmare; or there is something wrong with society, something dangerous and deathly about racist policy, and black people are experiencing the American nightmare.” One is a racist myth; the other, antiracist truth.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

“I just don’t think Americans fully realize how terrorizing it is to black males when we are falsely suspected as violent criminals.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,875 words)

Cops Are Always the Main Characters

Cop shows humanize cops. They align us with the police. They desensitize us to police violence. It’s time to turn that CSI marathon off.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,375 words)

On Travel Writing

Shelter in place has given The Best American Travel Writing series editor a lot of time to think about travel writing’s future, and whether pandemic will move travel writers’ focus closer to home.

Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,017 words)

Liquid Cities

“In Japanese architecture and science fiction from the 1960s through the 1990s, we can trace an enduring question: ‘how to make substantial architecture when substantial things are losing their meaning.’”

Source: Places
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,227 words)

“Like a Tap Being Turned Off”: Music Magazines Fight for Survival in UK

With no concerts to sell ads for and few shops open to sell print issues, British music magazines such as QUncut, and Mojo are suffering and considering their options for survival.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 24, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,597 words)

How to Cool It

“I’m questioning the values on which this country thinks of itself as being based.” James Baldwin’s landmark 1968 interview about race relations in America.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jul 1, 1968
Length: 32 minutes (8,214 words)

I Will Miss What I Wanted to Lose

“I didn’t fully appreciate what life on the road gave me until suddenly it was gone.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 27, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,684 words)

The Evidence Against Her

He raped and tortured her for years. He had a gun; he “showed her diagrams of the human brain… the place that would allow her to live but without speech or memory. ‘Wouldn’t that be convenient, he said.'” She shot him, to save herself and her kids. And according to the prosecutor, jury, and judge, she’s a premeditated murderer who deserves her 20-year prison sentence.

Source: GEN
Published: May 27, 2020
Length: 44 minutes (11,071 words)