‘Messengers of the Right’ gives a 20th-century U.S. history

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Nicole Hemmer’s Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) examines conservative media in the United States between the 1940s and 1970s. Specifically, Hemmer looks at the influence of “broadcaster Clarence Manion, book publisher Henry Regnery, and magazine publisher William Rusher.”…

…or does it illuminate what we know of ourselves? Gabriele and Perry’s ‘Bright Ages’

What people call medieval is a realm of myth, “useful to people with dangerous intentions.” Sometimes white supremacists use it to locate a false “origin story for whiteness.” People project on this period what they want to find there.

So write Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry in The Bright…

Trans people have it because we don’t live in a trans bubble

An impressionistic photo collage of a person who appears to be stuck inside a large soap bubble.

Left-handed people have empathy for right-handed people because, every time they pick up a pair of scissors, they are reminded that the world is designed for right-handed people and that there may be nothing for them to do about it in any given moment — except, perhaps, to learn to…

When the Skeksis drain the Podlings of their “vital essence,” are they castrating them?

In Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal, the evil rulers, the Skeksis, capture and enslave the much smaller, gentle Podlings. The Skeksis drain the Podlings of something called “vital essence.” Does this represent castration?

The Skeksis Drain the Podlings of Their ‘Vital Essence’

According to the film’s backstory, once upon a time, the Skeksis developed the custom of…

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s 2021 book on physics and identity

Book cover: The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

When Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein was a student, she only ever had one Black professor (a man) and “didn’t meet a Black woman with a PhD in physics until I was almost done with college.” That’s because only about fifty Black women in the United States before her had earned a…

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Writing on dignity, democracy, and truth. Author: ‘Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty’ https://tuckerlieberman.com/ten-past-noon

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