Jesse pled guilty. He spent thirteen years in prison, he was paroled as a Level 3 sex offender, and then he filed an appeal to vacate his conviction. He said he was innocent, that he had only submitted the guilty plea because of the impossibility of receiving a fair trial. A lower court had rejected this appeal, and on the second page of its ruling, the circuit court concurred. “We affirm the judgment of the United States Court for the Eastern District of New York,” the judges wrote, “because we conclude that the grounds asserted in the petition would not justify habeas corpus relief.” Jesse had waited too long to file his appeal.
December 3, 2012
Homeland, now in its second season on premium cable, suggests that liberals may have been fooling themselves. What they really wanted was not to eradicate Republican paranoia, but to overcome what made Republican paranoia so potent: the widespread impression that Democrats were too weak and too plagued by self-loathing to defend us from our enemies.
November 18, 2011
As the women’s movement came undone, Ellen Willis watched, and took careful notes.
In the last decade, no organ of music criticism has wielded as much influence as Pitchfork
May 2, 2011
My mom sent me a text message which read: “Such thrilling news, but sobering, too, as counterattacks are anticipated.”
Now, Oates’s colleagues don’t just watch television. They write books about The Sopranos and teach courses on The Wire.
September 9, 2010
Hip-hop is a music before it is a sociological lens, an urban newscast, an adolescent fantasy, or anything else.
June 29, 2009
Pronunciation was part of his whiteness. He literally made rap intelligible to the people who had always hated it.