Survivor’s Remorse: On Junot Díaz and the Collateral Damage of Trauma

I began this week in tears. Early Monday morning, hot, torrential tears were flowing as if I were in the midst of my last heartbreak—or the one before that, or the one before that. I was reading Junot Díaz’s searingly confessional essay in the New Yorker about confronting and coping with his childhood rape. Like many…

Angry, Paranoid and Trained to Kill: How America Made the Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas Shooters

In the past two weeks, cops in Texas and Louisiana have been ambushed, shot and killed by black men who reportedly were tired of the senseless killings of unarmed black men, women and children by police. I say "reportedly" because we won't ever know. Both men in question—Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, and Gavin Long,…