Derek Bridges

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Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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I’ve had a couple ideas that I’ve tried not to indulge but they keep returning: American Anti-vaxxers should be branded as freeloaders to shame them, as they are benefiting from the (relative) viral stability provided by the vaccinated; American Anti-vaxxer sentiment could prove a correction…

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B2L2 is where I first wrote about Jude Acers. And I’ve written speculatively here about the structure of the documentary we started making about him in 2013 and, despite all of the difficulties in trying to see this project through, not least of which would…

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I’ve had many ideas about how to structure the documentary and this one sections the story thematically in six parts, one for each chess piece. I kind of intended the thematic possibilities to correspond with the way the chess pieces move. Pawn Family history. Empowered…

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I was the youngest, my eyes closest to the dark cement floor. A blue Lucky Charms lollipop chosen from the red and blue ones offered. The translucent blue cellophane wrapper a little less than half the appeal. Wanting to join my father on the other side of the basement storm doors to see what was happening.

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Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. New York: Perennial Classics, 1988. p. 294-295: Even in [Southern] states with black majorities, however, Southern Republicanism had to attract white support. And “carpetbaggers” (migrants from the North) and “scalawags” (native Southerners who cast their lot politically with the freedmen)…