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Illustrated Man #12 — Charles Addams and joking about “the primitive”

Illustrated Man #12 — Charles Addams and joking about “the primitive”

Ask any Boomer or some of the older Gen X-ers to hum the theme to The Addams Family and you will quickly be rewarded by “Da-nuh nuh-NUH,” followed by an iconic pair of snaps. “They’re creepy and they’re kooky/ Mysterious and spooky…” Or maybe I’m overselling this generation thing? After all, Daniel Mallory Ortberg did memorialize the kinky chemistry percolating through the early 90s incarnation of Gomez and Morticia Addams, portrayed by Raul Julia and Angelica Huston, in his cheeky {+}

The Labor of Racism

The Labor of Racism

By: Dána-Ain Davis One night in early 2018, a doula-friend of mine, Josie who is white, sent me a photo of a Black woman sitting in a wheelchair. A doula is a person who provides support during pregnancy and post-partum care. The woman’s name was Michelle. Michelle was both Josie’s friend and her client. The photo was taken as she had arrived at the hospital because she was in labor. Michelle looked beautiful sitting in the wheelchair. She was smiling. {+}

Race is Still a Problem in Anthropology

Race is Still a Problem in Anthropology

By Anar Parikh [The following essay emerges from conversation with fellow PhD student and AES/SVA attendee, Scott Ross (George Washington University).] How is it that a senior anthropologist used the n-word during a plenary lecture and no one is talking about it? At last month’s American Ethnological Society Spring Conference in Philadelphia, Sherry Ortner delivered one of three keynote lectures, titled “Documenting Newark: Violent Resemblances.” Whereas much of Ortner’s work during the past two decades has focused on conceptualizing and {+}

Illustrated Man #11 – (H)afrocentric

Illustrated Man #11 – (H)afrocentric

Re-spawn. Its been on since dawn. Illustrated Man check your king with a pawn. Don’t know where but I send ’em Make my posts now on Anthrodendum Hey, ya’ll its been a minute but now I’m back with another installment of Illustrated Man, my semi-irregular series where I discuss comic books and illustration from an anthropologist’s point of view. I had ten posts at our old place Savage Minds, now here’s my first in our new home. We’re starting things {+}