About

About me: 
I am Stephen Kearse, a writer. The primary purpose of this blog is to discuss things that I don’t see being discussed elsewhere. Most often these discussions involve race, hip-hop, movies, humor, social issues, books I’m reading, and interesting combinations of any or all of the above. I write in strange spurts, so subscribing via RSS or email, or following me on Twitter are your best bets if you want to keep up with my writing, here and beyond.

See you around and thanks for reading.

SFK

P.S. Here are some writing samples:

Why Are Salad Greens Always Labeled Triple-Washed? (Slate)

Smiling While Black (Catapult)

Shell Shock (The Baffler)

Views From the CCTV: Rap and Paranoia (Brooklyn Mag)

The Long, Strange History of Street Fighter and Rap (Waypoint)

You’ve Got To Fight For Your Right to Fuck the Police (ARTS.BLACK)

After Truth? (The Baffler)

The Haircut (The Toast)

The Labor Theory of Exercise (Model View Culture)

What Defines a Coffee’s Terroir? (Slate)

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I have an assignment where i want to compare Illmatic to a modern rap album with the same themes as Illmatic got. etc. urban city life or growing up in the projects. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Stumbled upon your site somehow, read a couple of articles and I just want to say “yassssssssssss!” I’m loving your style! How refreshing are you sir!

  3. Dear Mr. Kearse, I’m an Italian Ph.D. student working on African American contemporary autobiographies. I found your “After Truth?” very fascinating and I’d love to discuss it with you. It makes a lot of sense when you write that blackness is flexible and inclusive enough to accomodate individuality but, regardless of our liking or not Touré’s book, I was wondering: don’t you think that post-blackness could be applied not to describe a change in blackness itself, but in the context in which blackness is experienced? (the post-Civil Rights scene, in which racism is rampant but has different characteristics than in the past?) Also, do you think there is some truth in the fact that the pressure towards “being authentic” can influence someone’s life negatively? Have you read Prof. Ashe’s theorization of a post-soul literature and what do you think about it? These are just questions that arise from my readings, and from the perspective of a European student interested in knowing and understanding as much as possible of the literature she’s writing about, so I could be completely off track, and I’d love to hear back from you to have your opinion. Thank you in advance!

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