Page Skimming – Articles of Interest from the End of 2007/Early 2008

by Racialicious Special Correspondent Latoya Peterson

Colorlines Magazine
November/December 2007 Issue


This entire issue of Colorlines is worth a full, thorough read, but here are a few of the articles that caught my eye:

Wasting Away in Margaritaville (p. 10)

Exploring the construction of mega-casino, Margaritaville (a $700 million dollar joint venture between Harrah Casino and Jimmy Buffet), the article points out how the people living and working in East Biloxi have been shut out of the city planning dialogue.

Q & A: Etan Thomas (p. 16)

A refreshing peek into the mind of an athlete who embraces speaking out about social and political political issues.

Inner Peace (p. 48)

Article Tagline: “As more Americans take to the mat, Black teachers use yoga to uplift their community.”

Bomb Magazine
Winter 2008 Issue


This entire issue focuses on discussing the contemporary art scene in Brazil. Not to be missed: Adelia Prado’s poems “Opus Dei” and “The Dictator in Prison”; the excerpt from the new novel Jonas, by Patricia Melo; the interview with Bernardo Carvalho, in which he says “There is nothing further from posing than art. On the contrary, literature is the affirmation of truth.”

Glamour Magazine
January 2008 Issue


3 Condi Surprises (p. 29)

Condoleeza Rice wants to run for Governor of California, and may possibly run for Vice President in the future. I have no words.


December 2007 Issue


Nine Minutes at Virginia Tech (p. 254)

A moving interview with Derek O’Dell, one of the few students that was wounded in the attack but managed to survive.

Give This Man a Pulitzer (p. 260)

A profile of Josh Marshall, the main man behind Talking Points Memo. The article also includes an interesting take on the downfall of mainstream media and the new rise of blogosphere based investigative journalism.

Year of the Pig (p .272)

Next time I head to New York, I know exactly where I am going to eat – the Momofuku Ssam Bar. GQ provides a vivid and hilarious profile of chef David Chang, maverick chef and culinary innovator.

Details Magazine

November 2007


I am so done with Details. And yet, even though I terminated my subscription last year, I still skim it on the newsstand. Why? Articles like this one:

This Man Doesn’t Want Your Sympathy (p. 106)

Tagline: “Ten Years and a $9 million settlement haven’t bought Abner Louima peace.” Excellent follow up piece, with a lot of wry commentary from Louima. A sample quote, in reference to how people react when they see he is living comfortably in Floridia: “People are disappointed because they expected me, as a black man, to be stupid,” he said, “to get all this money and blow it in two years like I won the lottery.” Also, excellent racial commentary.

The Atlantic Monthly
December 2007


Goodbye to All That (p. 40)

From the article:

Obama’s candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one. Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America – finally – past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us. So much has happened in American in the past seven years, let alone the past 40, that we can be forgiven for focusing on the present and the immediate future. But it is only when you take several large steps back into the long past that the full logic of an Obama presidency stares directly – and uncomfortably – at you.

At its best, the Obama candidacy is about ending a war – not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a momentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade – but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war – and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama – and Obama alone – offers the possibility of a truce.

Teacher and Apprentice (p.56)

Article Tagline: “Hillary Clinton tried to teach Barack Obama about power, but then he got ideas of his own. A story of nasty surprises, dueling war rooms, and the Drudge Report.

Scents and Sensibility (p. 80)

Article tagline: “How the author helped Afghans build a thriving soap and body-oil business – and overcame the imcompetence of America’s aid establishment.” A must read, particularly for those of us who wonder where all this money we are spending on rebuilding and redevelopment is going.