James Baldwin, Restored

February 16, 2019

“When we try to define ourselves, the truth is always somewhere in the middle. That’s one of the beautiful things about photography and portraiture: it’s not a fixed ideal, and it’s not a fixed image. It makes us think, and it makes us go further back into the recesses of our own mind to understand ideas about the truth.” – Hilton Als

Via: The Paris Review

How Words Become Weapons, And Wimps

February 15, 2019

We live in a time when language has been weaponized for high crimes and petty cruelties, while neutralized when it should state the obvious. Democracy may die in darkness, but it also slips away under cover of euphemism.

Via: New York Times

‘Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act’ Seeks To Strip Gay Marriage Rights

February 13, 2019

“Tennesseans who are in committed same-sex relationships simply want to be treated with the same dignity and respect as everyone else,” Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU in Tennessee, said. “A handful of state legislators cannot nullify the law of the land and drive our state backward simply because they wish to discriminate.”

Via: NBC News

Augmented Reality Will Spark The Next Big Tech Platform – Call It Mirrorworld

February 12, 2019

Author Jorge Luis Borges imagined a map exactly the same size as the territory it represented. “In time,” Borges wrote, “the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.” We are now building such a 1:1 map of almost unimaginable scope, and this world will become the next great digital platform.

Via: WIRED

When Millennials Run For Office, Having Grown Up Online May Be Their Saving Grace

February 11, 2019

Having grown up with the Internet, millennials knew that things put online were potentially permanent. They internalized the omnipresent logic of surveillance, crafting behavior and virtual selves in accordance with the knowledge that someone, somewhere might one day judge them. Far from dooming them, their comfort with social media might make them better political candidates.

Via: Washington Post

Too Many Tennesseans Are Disenfranchised. If They Don’t Have Money, They Can’t Vote And That’s Not Right.

February 10, 2019

The ability to vote should not be based on one’s financial status. Tennessee’s current disenfranchisement laws create a two-tier system in which a wealthy citizen may be able to vote again almost immediately upon completion of his sentence, but a citizen who cannot afford to pay will not be able to vote for many years after release, perhaps ever.

Via: The Tennessean

What If Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Told Their Love Story? What If It Were A Ballet?

February 9, 2019

When Caroline Randall Williams published her book of poetry “Lucy Negro, Redux,” she hoped its words would transcend the pages on which they were printed. But she she never imagined that the book would be turned into a ballet. Then Paul Vasterling, the artistic director at Nashville Ballet, also Ms. Williams’s hometown, read the book and knew immediately that he wanted to adapt it for the stage.

Via: New York Times

Democracy In Retreat

February 8, 2019

In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The overall losses are still shallow compared with the gains of the late 20th century, but the pattern is consistent and ominous.

Via: Freedom House

The Democratic Apology Tour Is A Sorry Spectacle

February 7, 2019

The problem with the Democrats’ apology binge is in the volume. Genuine contrition is one thing. But if a politician appears to be apologizing for getting caught, or for political gain, that’s regrettable. I’m sorry, but this is no way to run a government.

Via: Washington Post

Conservative Lawmakers Plot Limits For Police Oversight

February 5, 2019

Local activists justly protest as Republican lawmakers in the Tennessee Legislature attempt to “pre-empt the will of the voters of Davidson County” by restricting Nashville’s ability to review police conduct.

Via: Nashville Scene