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jelani cobb
Elder Statesman, Staff Writer . Professor , Left-hander, check my doc Policing the Police:
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad 7h
On what make believe planet could we imagine a family of white girls, as young as 10,blonde w/ pigtails, in a mistaken stolen vehicle, lined up, handcuffed,face down on the ground. It would never happen on Earth.The cops would give them lollipops while calmly asking abt the car.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @nhmeems
Thank you. I would also say that the way I write is significantly influenced by Hamill’s writing — something I think a lot of people my age and a bit older would say as well.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @DaRealTeeHorner
Nope. I learned a lot about writing from him. But some of that writing infuriated me.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
I also will miss the fantastic breadth of his knowledge of New York City and the indelible rhythm of the sentences he pushed off the tip of his pen.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
We crossed paths from time to time after that as I made my way in the writing world, most recently at an event NYU held in his honor. I’ll say now what I said then: I greatly appreciate him encouraging me to write as a young person full of self-doubt.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
It wasn’t until much later that I read Hamill’s writings about the Central Park Five and the reactionary period that reflected the prevailing white attitudes regarding race in the NY of the 1980s. The work not only angered me but also disappointed me with its mediocrity.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
Here were two writers of different generations & different backgrounds talking about the history of New York City and the best writing on the subject. Three years later 9/11 happened and that conversation came back to me: it took place in Borders Books in the World Trade Center.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
I ran into him in a bookstore once when I was a young aspiring writer. I recognized him and told him how much I loved his collection “Piece Work.” We got into a conversation about writing, history and New York City. That conversation later became much more important to me.
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jelani cobb 6h
Replying to @jelani9
Hamill had one of the most indelible aesthetics of his whole generation of writers. He was one of the first people who showed me that journalism was as much an art as it was a craft. I came across this piece in my 20s and consumed it like a meal:
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jelani cobb 7h
As a young person I encountered a number of people who exemplified exactly what I wanted to become and people who demonstrated what I did *not* want to be. And sometimes they were the same person. I felt that way about Pete Hamill, whose passing I lament.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
That sound you hear is dozens of journalists banging the words “It Is What It Is” into the title section of their respective book proposals.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
Wow
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MFD Aug 4
Replying to @jelani9
I still cannot believe this fool was demanding Obama's COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. I mean...think about that.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
You can’t do that > There’s no crying in baseball
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jelani cobb Aug 4
Replying to @Perry_T
correction: math are hard.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
Replying to @attilatheblond
Bingo
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jelani cobb Aug 4
Also, how thick were the bars on that chart? It looked like a four year-old got interrupted while drawing a rainbow.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
It is what it is.
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josie duffy rice Aug 4
“Eve L. Ewing, Bomani Jones, Ava DuVernay, Josie Duffy Rice, Jesmyn Ward, and others will contribute to the special issue.” Unreal news to share this morning.
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jelani cobb Aug 4
You didn’t really think he understood percentages did you?
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