It's mostly an Illinois thing, but there's also an important Lehigh Valley connection. I wrote about this a few years ago, but because I love Sufjan Stevens and hate injustice, I'll tell you about it again: Pulaski was a Polish noble and general who helped the American colonies win their independence from Great Britain by … Continue reading Cornelia, Mulatto Slave
From 2014: I'm trying to write a new post about depression and doubt. One does not do this without referencing Leonard Cohen and Ernest Hemingway. I looked up some old posts for reference, only to find that I'd written this almost a year ago to the day: https://chriscocca.com/2013/02/08/rockstars-and-whetstones-and-ssris-steven-hyden-and-a-bunch-of-other-stuff/ I can't say that my medical situation … Continue reading Doubt, Depression, Dread-Mornings of the Soul
I can't speak to the meat of this piece, and the piece it opposes, as it relates to post-blackness. On the other hand, ethnographically, I do know something about the immigrant experiences of my own kin, and people like them, in the history of 20th century Americanization. Clearly, I cannot (and have no reason to … Continue reading Jesus, Toure, Theology, etc.
Love is patient and kind. Equality? Equality is forever. Equality has been denied, and Equality is pissed. Turns out, Equality is what happens when Love grows up.
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce." I had occasion to be reminded of that recently. It comes from Marx and Engels, and Slavoj Zizek uses it as the title of a recent treatise. In his affirmation of pyro-theology, Peter Rollins takes up Buenaventura Durruti's claim that "the only church that illuminates is … Continue reading Rollins, Zizek, Durruti, Tillich: Religion Deconstructed, Wisdom Demolished By Love
Michael Jackson died in 2009. This post is from 2013. I enjoyed this recent post from Wandering Mirages about the eponymous hero (or something) of Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener. Wandering Mirages concludes that Bartleby is all things at once: But, in the end, in the tragic and evasive end, the novella had proved … Continue reading Bartleby, the Carpenter; Bartleby the King of Pop: The Inevitability of Jesus and Michael Jackson
It turns out this was too much to ask for in 2013. And 2016. And 2018. We have to do better. From 2013: The candidate I'll vote for in 2016 will be the one with an ambitious and progressive plan to fight our nation's dirtiest open secret: we face a monumental public mental health crisis … Continue reading A Bill of Rights for Mental Health Care