When People Pull a Lugubrious Face

We have a problem. We need everyone to be part of the solution.  This week, I’ve been reminded of my favorite line from Go Set a Watchman, which I wrote about in my dissertation: “As I sit here and breathe, I never thought the good God would let me live to see someone walk into … Continue reading

Timeline: U.S. Citizenship Law

Timeline of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Law I’m going to skip over about 100 years. Before 1868, there were a few changes made, but for the most part to be a citizen you had to be a white man. Women were citizens too, but their citizenship was coupled to their husband’s and they couldn’t vote. … Continue reading

Miss America is American (So is Marc Anthony)

Here she is, Miss America! So last night, Miss America was crowned, the first of Indian descent–Nina Davuluri. Unless we’re talking Little Miss Sunshine, pageants aren’t really my thing. I had a moment of “Yay!” and didn’t give it a second thought until I saw that the idiot mob that is the internet expressed its … Continue reading

The Bridge Pilot: Bodies on the Border

Last night was the much anticipated (for me, at least) premiere of The Bridge, the new FX drama about homicide detectives on the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As I wrote earlier, I was curious and nervous about the prospect of a TV show dealing with the staggering number of murders committed … Continue reading

Veronica Mars on the Border

This week my brilliant friend Megan and I submitted a draft of our essay on Veronica Mars and feminism to our editors. (Yay!) As we were brainstorming and planning our paper, I kept coming back to the relationship between fictional Neptune, California and the U.S.-Mexico border. Clearly, I had the border on my mind after … Continue reading