Smart people saying smart things (1.28)


Panti Bliss on what it is that homophobes are afraid of. Rachel L. Martin on “The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner.” Scott Hancock and Alexandra Milano on the real rebels who overthrew the traitors. Anne Mellinger-Birdsong says, “Trust women.” Mark Danner on “Our New Politics of Torture.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.8)

Haroon Moghul, “Interview With a Muslim” Q: Charlie Hebdo. Muslims go in, shoot up the place, yell Allahu Akbar. A: I’m a humorist. I’m a satirist. I’m a journalist. I’m a writer. It’s terrible. Q: Have you condemned the attack? A: I’m sorry, what? Q: Do you as a Muslim condemn this attack? A: Well [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.2)

The ethics and economics of Baileyism; John Cleese on stupidity; Alan Bean on pro-torture Christians; James Baldwin on the price we’re still paying for refusing to see; and Bethany Suckrow on “pro-lifers” who bully children into suicide. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.28)

Michelle Conlin on how even black cops are made to fear the police; Ta-Nehisi Coates on the true agents of violence by police; Brittney Cooper and George Orwell on the enduring white fear of black rage. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.22)

Willie James Jennings and Radley Balko on law and order; Kathryn Joyce on Bob Jones and GRACE; Addison Hodges Hart on the difference between biblicism and the Bible; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren puts the fear of God into Citigroup. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.3)

I’m speechless today, so let me turn the microphone over to Jay Smooth, Pamela Merritt, Ed Kilgore, Richard Beck and Jamelle Bouie. There’s a theme here, I think, and even the one that seems like it’s not a part of that theme actually really is. [Read more...]