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First impressions of Gunland

On a wall a few blocks from my new apartment in Brooklyn there is a portrait of a half-smiling young man, with his name, Ben, written in large, gleaming typeface above a scene of the nearby Fort Greene Park and the housing projects opposite. An inscription below: “A Cut Above the Rest, Benjamin C. O’Garro,…

Fast food economy

Labo(u)r pains

**This piece was written some time ago, for Labor Day in the US. Alas, not much has changed on any of the points covered herein.** There is a famous disconnection between the intended purposes of the vast majority of public holidays and how they are actually commemorated. We are supposed to use a fortunate day…