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Year-End Ends and Odds, 2017

Hoping that Santa was good to you, I present here my own small assortment of little tidbits that, at least for now, don’t seem likely to expand into longer commentaries. […]

Election 2016: Image World (11)

Michelle Obama chose, with great dignity, to speak about black history, and specifically to highlight one telling, little-known, and rarely mentioned historical fact: That slave labor helped build the White House where she and her family reside today. This was Michelle Obama’s historical moment, searing itself into the national consciousness with the same fire that blazed in Beyoncé’s Super Bowl “Formation” performance. Carefully calibrated for the occasion, surely, but just as potent in its own way. […]