To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers …

I’m not going to lie. I grew up with a backwards attitude. Yeah, Athens is a college town, but it’s still in Georgia. At both my rough-and-tumble public school and my vaguely Christian-ish (and generally wonderful) private school, homophobia reigned. “Gay” meant “weak.” It took me a few years to realize that I knew gay people. Those guys we knew in Savannah who lived together with their bulldogs? Yeah. My relative who only married a woman as a business deal of sorts? Yeah. In college, I met plenty of people who were out. And my attitude changed. College will do … Continue reading To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers …

What next for Rapinoe protest?

Not another 1,000-word essay, but too complicated for 140 characters on Twitter … The Spirit game this weekend at Seattle will surely be interesting. But I think all eyes are going to be on Columbus on Thursday, when the USWNT plays Thailand. I have to distinguish between two sentiments here: Personally, I would have no issue with Rapinoe or her teammates taking a knee during the anthem. And if I were covering the game, I’d happily ask her afterwards if she feels she’s making any progress getting the country to learn and talk more about race. Pragmatically, I fear the worst … Continue reading What next for Rapinoe protest?

“Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of Duke lacrosse

Don’t stereotype. Don’t rush to judgment. Those are the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case from 10 years ago. And to my pleasant surprise, the documentary Fantastic Lies covered those lessons pretty well. Source: “Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case | SportsMyriad March 23, 2016 Continue reading “Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of Duke lacrosse

Did I waste my college opportunity?

I actually wound up not going to my Duke reunion, for reasons that had nothing to do with this piece in which I question how I spent my time in college and which classes I took. I hope Duke’s advising has improved since then. But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. (Well, almost anything.) Source: Did I waste my college opportunity? | Mostly Modern Media Feb. 17, 2016 Continue reading Did I waste my college opportunity?

Flat-Earthers are back

Oh, this was entertaining. I’ve spent years being hounded by soccer people who refuse to listen to any evidence they don’t like. That got me wondering about the Flat Earth movement, which is small but quite lively. This piece was shared more than 20,000 times. Source: Flat-Earthers are back: ‘It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion’ | Science | The Guardian Jan. 20, 2016 Continue reading Flat-Earthers are back

Culture writing: 2008-2015

Selected pieces on music, journalism, TV, academia and life in general … Nov. 24, 2015: A Music Major Confesses: I Love Rock and Roll (Popdose) Oct. 28, 2015: Teddy Dure, 2001/02?-2015 (Mostly Modern Media) Aug. 28, 2015: My hometown, my writing, my life (Mostly Modern Media) Aug. 27, 2015: What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: R.E.M., “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (Popdose) June 15, 2015: The Attack on Truth: Postmodernism and propaganda (Mostly Modern Media) April 30, 2015: Ann Hammond Dure: 1939-1995 (Mostly Modern Media) April 5, 2015: Does a TV series have to last to be successful? (Mostly Modern Media) March 23, 2015: … Continue reading Culture writing: 2008-2015