March 18, 2016

Speaking of “Thuggery”

By Brian Michael Murphy

“In the years after World War I, Florida was still a loosely policed frontier state. White Protestant mobs staged regular lynchings and beatings to intimidate black voters, drinkers and anyone […]

March 8, 2016

Why the Klan Branded a White Pastor

By Brian Michael Murphy

In July 1924, Oren Van Loon, a white minister in Michigan, posed for a news photographer, who focused his lens on the letters “KKK” branded into Van Loon’s back. Intrarracial […]

December 30, 2015

Bullets for You

By Brian Michael Murphy

“The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month resigned from a previous small-town police job when he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, […]

December 1, 2015

Notes on Love and Violence, Part 2

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

  “Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions… But as to whether he has real feelings is something I don’t think anyone can truthfully answer.” — Dave Bowman on […]

November 19, 2015

Notes on Love and Violence

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

‘Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.’ — Max Frisch (1) My mother did not like me hanging around outside: to stand on a street corner any day, […]

January 8, 2015

Who Has the Loudest Voice?

By Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky

All literature offends someone. To offend our fixed ideas, even our most sacred truths, is one of the ways in which writers compel us to think, to question, and to […]