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Chloe Riley mostly blogs about politics, death and old magazines. What really keeps her going in journalism is the absolute frustration of being given the run around by city hall officials. And telling people's stories. But more the run-around thing. She also makes short movies.

Entries by Chloe Riley

Student Loans, Mass Debtor Incarceration, and the Eternal George W. Bush

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:30 PM

My meaning is, that no man can expect his children to respect what he degrades.
-- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

The most important thing to remember about this student loan crisis is that we weren't always in it. In 2006, when George W. Bush was still futzing his way...

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State of the Union: Chicago, Segregation and "The Dignity of Work"

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Race is America's pothole. The thing that's left behind in the wake of a larger more destructive thing. The thing we swerve but can't avoid. We fill it in with our grainiest, toughest stuff, but until the road's allowed to mend, it keeps coming back deeper, harder to fix.

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How to Buy Soap at Lush Cosmetics Without Losing Your Dignity

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:35 PM

If dignity equates to self-respect, then the quickest way to part with that particular state of being, is to kiss $50 goodbye on soap.

Indeed, it seems only the 21st Century, with its self-centeredness and obsession with all things superficial, could produce the kind of sensory indulgence that is Lush...

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Pornography and Blue Is the Warmest Color

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Like a good hair tug during sex, pornography is about control. It can be pleasurable or painful, but ultimately someone does the pulling and someone is pulled. It's easy to get lost in feminist theory about pornography, and the best way to avoid doing that is to drop the theory...

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The Lance Armstrong Solution -- Stop Paying Male Athletes Millions and They'll Stop Cheating

(50) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Dare your best friend to eat a bucket of maggots. Then offer that same friend a million dollars to eat the same bucket of maggots and listen for that delightful capitalist crunch.

Humans are weak. And they become especially weak once you start shoving millions into their eager, money-grubbing...

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'I Heart Boobies' and Why America Shouldn't

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Social media can be a real bitch. As a writer, the temptation to fall back on Miley Cyrus references and cute cat videos can be overwhelming. After a while, one's language skills can start to feel like so many drowned sailors, clinging to rational thought in a relentless...

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Shark Week: A Frenzy of Sex Starved Americans

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Several people in my life whom I would normally consider somewhat respectable have come to me in the past week - voices lowered - and informed me why the week of August 4 was so much more special than any other week.

"Shark Week," they murmured in hushed maniacal tones.

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Why This Is Not Really About Trayvon Martin at All

(76) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:12 AM

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is doomed before he ever takes the stand. A black man accused of raping a white woman during Depression Era Alabama, we know his fate and so, even though race is the constant backdrop behind the action -- it's not the heart of...

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