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Scaramucci & Stereotypes

I don't want to laugh too much at the jokes about DT's new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. I know if I do, I'll wind up laughing at something that is making fun of more than just this (kind of gross) guy: a lot of these jokes aren't about Scaramucci so much as they're the same old stereotypes about Italian-Americans no one in America minds using. Some of the reflex Italian-American identity industry have already tried to distance themselves from him, but their concerns aren't the real issue. I don't condone attacking anyone based on their ethnicity, ever, but in a way any backlash that Italian-Americans get because of Scarramucci is a direct result of their whole-hea

Watermelon Love

Today I talked to my mother on Skype—she is getting ready to visit me, something that hasn't happened in two years—and behind her, on a calendar, was an image of a watermelon, and the significance of this simple combination nearly overcame with wonder. It took me a long time to get to this point, but now that I am here, I want to dwell in it for a moment. I've been full of watermelon lately. I recently rode my bike on a trail alongside a watermelon patch, on a trail that was punctuated every few hundred meters with a smashed melon, its kind of atomized pink guts sprayed out all over the brown dirt. They looked unripe because they were so light in color, but I did consider grabbing one and pu

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