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Wes Enzinna
Back then, I'd reached the age of twenty / and I was crazy. / I'd lost a country but won a dream. / All that mattered was that I had that dream.
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
Replying to @wesenzinna
Here's the piece.
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
Replying to @wesenzinna
But I also tried to get at the beauty that springs up in the cracks-it remains to be seen if that beauty will survive the current housing crisis. Here's my pals' band playing the night of the Ghost Ship fire, at 1 of countless spaces that have made the Bay magical, despite it all
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
Replying to @jhensonpogue
And a pic of my "guest bedroom"—the shack was way too tiny to fit two people, so here is sleeping outside when he came to visit.
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
Replying to @wesenzinna
Here are two photos of my shack. "In San Francisco and Oakland, the worlds of extreme wealth and extreme poverty cohabitated, and I accepted that my fate was to exist somewhere in the middle, even if the rich knew I was a scumbag and the homeless knew I was a yuppie."
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
Replying to @wesenzinna
Most of all, it's an essay about the peculiarities of struggling (& my own very particular failures) to scratch out a "middle-class" life amidst the country's worst housing crisis, in a region where being mid-class means earning $200,000 a year.
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Wes Enzinna Nov 19
For I wrote about my year living in a shack in Oakland. "Chasing cheap rents, I found myself on the barricades of cultural conflict, though I was too old to be ignorant about which side I was on, even if I was still too poor to do much about it”
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Wes Enzinna Nov 17
Replying to @jaycaspiankang
In any case, kudos to for this piece. Glad someone wrote it while Ignatiev was still around, even if the world he dreamed of seems like it's increasingly slipping even further out of reach.
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Wes Enzinna Nov 17
Replying to @wesenzinna
FWIW, I once had the opportunity to write about 5 people who took Ignatiev's ideas *very* seriously. The result was messy, destructive, ineffectual.....but maybe it'd warm Ignatiev's heart to know he changed the minds of at least 5 working-class white guys
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Wes Enzinna Nov 17
This profile of Noel Ignatiev is so good & sad & beautiful. I'd long wanted to read a profile of Ignatiev, whose writings on "white privilege" both foreshadowed & revealed the limits of some of our current discourse.
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Alex Marzano-Lesnevich Nov 13
In the Dec issue of . Online tomorrow. So much love to my queer & writer crews, who read drafts of this thing, & so many thanks to & for the brilliant edits. More tomorrow. ❤️
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Wes Enzinna Nov 4
As someone who grew up w/ a family member in prison, I find this infuriating—but not at all surprising. The class biases rampant in media r as deep—& damaging—as gender & racial biases. Imagine if everyone who reported on, say, finance, had to report a family member in finance
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Eric Umansky Nov 3
Disclosing that a reporter has had family in prison, shows among other things how deeply "objectivity" is intertwined w/ race & class. Which reinforces lack of diversity in journalism If not having parent in prison means you're objective & disclosure-free, guess who benefits...
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Jake Hanrahan Oct 31
Replying to @CENTCOM
One time a photo op for , now many of these young women have been killed, executed, and even mutilated on video by the militias unleashed on Rojava by NATO ally Turkey.
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Donald J. Trump Oct 30
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Wes Enzinna Oct 29
People know about "superblocks" in Barcelona (conversions of car-choked streets into pedestrian zones) but I wrote about the superblock "laboratory," a former auto town in Basque country where 50% of the city's streets r now dedicated to walkers & cyclists
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Elizabeth Tsurkov Oct 17
Replying to @rmslim
See latest Amnesty International report
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Molly Crabapple🇵🇷 Oct 17
. and I wrote about Cheikhki in Brothers of the Gun. Back when ISIS ran Raqqa, he bragged about “owning” a sexually enslaved Yezidi woman. He is a university educated Belgian who chose to travel to Syria and rape women
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Rukmini Callimachi Oct 16
To grasp the extent of the crimes the Arab militias fighting for Turkey are carrying out in Syria, read the autopsy of the Kurdish politician executed a few days ago. Her legs & jaw were broken, she was dragged by her hair until the skin of her scalp came out & repeatedly shot:
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Jake Hanrahan Oct 17
Replying to @Jake_Hanrahan
An armed raid for social media posts. This is our NATO “ally”.
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Ross Greer Oct 16
When 50,000 Yazidis were stuck on Mount Sinjar, what did ISIS & the PKK do: ISIS: Commit genocide, rape & enslave PKK: Drive trucks & tractors across northern Iraq, open & hold an evacuation corridor and die fighting ISIS so 35,000 Yazidis could escape
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