Bayard and Me

The story of Bayard Rustin and Walter Naegle.


Bayard Rustin has gotten a great deal of posthumous love and, IMHO, he deserves it. After all, this is someone who played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, almost entirely behind the scenes. And he was restricted to that role only because he was gay. This short video memoir by the love of Rustin’s life, Walter Naegle, compliments that aspect of Rustin’s life.

Rustin was a rather more complicated character, however, and many of us lefties regarded his later career as being something of a sell-out. But, like Rustin himself, it’s complicated.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bayard Rustin, I’d recommend John D’emilio’s biography Lost Prophet. You can also listen to a 35 minute interview with author D’emilio on Rustin on Episode 14 (March 10, 2012) of Chicago DSA’s Talkin’ Socialism:


What the Fur

Shades of Vonnegut’s “Sirens of Titan.” Humanity is good for spare parts.

I dunno… This seems a pretty typical visit to a small planet, but if you don’t have the interstellar version of AAA:

A school project, it sez. Or it could be product placement. Or it could be a commercial. How short does a work need to be for the difference to blur? Whatever. What I most like is the way movie tropes from across several decades are appropriated. Flash Gordon through to today.