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  • In the face of coronavirus, we need a little Blitz Spirit – but not in the way you think

    In the face of coronavirus, we need a little Blitz Spirit – but not in the way you think

    “Well, it’s a national emergency,” I said to my grandmother yesterday as she lamented that she couldn’t find toilet paper (Brits read: loo roll) at the supermarket. “People need to stop hoarding and start realizing that we might have shortages. We might need to ration. America needs a little Blitz Spirit.” For those unfamiliar with […]

  • Reading my teenage blog: Part II – “Its Just A Small Town Saturday Night”

    Reading my teenage blog: Part II – “Its Just A Small Town Saturday Night”

    “Reading my Teenage Blog” is a series of essays by writer Skylar Baker-Jordan where he, well, reads the online diary he kept as a teenager and responds as a man in his 30s. He hopes to find insights into how he – and the world –  has changed from the early ’00s to the early […]

  • Words on Walford: Week of 17 – 21 February 2020

    Words on Walford: Week of 17 – 21 February 2020

    Over the past decade, EastEnders anniversaries have come to be known for their epic nature. For the 25th anniversary in 2010 we had the first live episodes as Bradley Branning fell to his death and Stacey Slater admitted to killing Archie Mitchell. In 2015, the 30th anniversary saw Kim Fox gave birth, Kathy Beale returned […]

  • Skylar reads… Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

    Skylar reads… Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

    “Skylar reads…” is a new series of book reviews by writer Skylar Baker-Jordan. By now, most people will be at least passingly familiar with André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name. The story of two young men who fall in love on the Italian Riviera, it was turned into an Oscar-winning film in 2017. The […]

  • Forget winter. Farage is coming

    The day after the 2016 EU referendum, I warned that Remainers needed to get on board with Brexit in order to avoid a swell of far-right populism. Looking back, I feel like a Stark on Game of Thrones, saying “Winter is Coming” during a long, sunny summer. Few, it seems, were listening. It has been […]

  • Trump’s attacks on the press makes the press moreimportant than ever

    Donald Trump hates the press. It’s no secret. He’s been attacking us since before he won the presidency. But yesterday, he acted on that hatred in a sinister threat to democracy. News broke last night that the White House had revoked the “hard pass” of CNN’s Jim Acosta, allegedly for grabbing a White House staffer […]

  • “Jenny” Lives with Sodomites: Section 28 in Historic Context

    I wrote this paper during my senior year at Western Kentucky University.  It came up in conversation on Twitter last night, so I thought I’d share with you all. I only have a hard copy, so I scanned it and made it a .pdf. I’m not super tech-savvy, so I’m not sure how to make it look any more pleasing to the eye. But […]

  • On my hiatus

        This piece is a long time coming. As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing for the past eight months, save a couple pieces for INTO. While this was the plan in late 2017 – to take 2018 off of pitching and writing about politics and pop culture – it hasn’t exactly […]

  • Five things we learned from the 2017 General Election

    What a night. Theresa May, who became the longest serving Home Secretary in a century now looks to be the shortest serving Prime Minister in 300 years. After failing to win a majority in an election that by all measures she should have won, her position looks untenable as prominent Conservative MPs – such as […]

  • Milo, Laurie Penny, the Lost Boys, and Toxic Masculinity

      I’ve spent a lot of the last three months calling Trump supporters and the alt-right monsters. I did so on this blog. I did so in The Independent. But there is something missing from my analysis, and it’s something Laurie Penny touched on in a much praised and much derided piece for the Pacific […]