Monthly Archives: November 2011

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier died last night. He was a very important figure in my childhood and his fights with Ali, which took place when I was in middle and high school, taught me a lot about race, class and masculinity. The big shadow Ali cast distorted Frazier’s public character. It’s hard to recapture what a big […]

There Can be More than One

My esteemed colleague Zachary Schrag’s guest post reminded me of the cable TV staple Highlander, in which immortal characters battle each other extravagantly while insisting–for no apparent reason–that “there can only be one.” There can be more than one model, and existing journals don’t have to annihilate each other so that one may live forever. […]