Wrapping My Head Around “Defund the Police”: A Review of Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing

The Minneapolis City Council recently voted to defund the police in favor of establishing a "holistic public safety force". This move would require an amendment to the city charter, and so requires a city-wide vote. On the face of it, it seems like a pretty extreme move. And a lot of people on both sides … Continue reading Wrapping My Head Around “Defund the Police”: A Review of Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing

LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE — A List of YouTube Recommendations

I haven’t been posting much on this platform about the recent protests because for one it’s not very large and for another getting into arguments with strangers on the internet is exhausting and often futile. Additionally, petitions are more effective when the signers are local, and donations are more likely when solicited amongst people who … Continue reading LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE — A List of YouTube Recommendations

G. Edwards Asks: Would You Rather Change the World or Change Yourself?

(The following is a continuation of this post) I do not have the hubris to imagine that I should ever be allowed the power to change the world--along what lines? What would give me the right to decide in what ways the world exactly should be changed? Could it be done without impinging upon the volition … Continue reading G. Edwards Asks: Would You Rather Change the World or Change Yourself?

Jennifer Asks: What Genre Do You Think is Not Your Favorite, But You Find Yourself Picking Up Again and Again?

(The following is a continuation of this post) Historical Romance. I don't usually seek out romance novels, but on occasion, I come across them at second hand stores... and somehow end up walking out with them. And when I say historical romance, I mean bad, cheesy, historical romance. I mean full-on gothic, bodice-ripping, cigarette-ads-in-the-middle, 1970s penny-book … Continue reading Jennifer Asks: What Genre Do You Think is Not Your Favorite, But You Find Yourself Picking Up Again and Again?

G. Edwards Asks: What is Your Favorite Season of the Year

(The following is a continuation of this post) Well, G. Edward, I am lucky enough to live in Minnesota, where I experience all of the seasons. All sixteen of them. That's right. Sixteen. I present, the sixteen seasons of Minnesota: Fall (Maybe, sometimes, we’ll see, maybe we’ll just skip it and go straight to winter, who … Continue reading G. Edwards Asks: What is Your Favorite Season of the Year

Jennifer Asks: What One Currently Living Writer Would You Most Like to Have Lunch, A Beer, or A Coffee With?

(The following is a continuation of this post) Uh... Well... they say you never really want to meet your heroes right? I think honestly, it would be awkward to have lunch with someone I was like, a really big fan of. It would be hard not to get all "fannish" and weird. I think it would … Continue reading Jennifer Asks: What One Currently Living Writer Would You Most Like to Have Lunch, A Beer, or A Coffee With?