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I went all the way to Saudi Arabia to get a vital organ removed from my body, and I blogged about it. When that was all over, I decided to keep the blog going. Go here for the full explanation.

I'm Cord, a writer with one kidney. Wanna be friends? Get at me: kidneyandthekingdom[at]gmail.com

Jul 28
It’s one of the cruelest paradoxes of the black experience: an unreasonable fear of the world around you, and it happens for good reason.

That’s the best sentence in this, an article I wrote about Mos Def’s self-defeating tendencies.

I still love the guy, but sometimes he’s just on some far out, paranoid, conspiracy theory shit.


Jul 27
This is a column I’m now doing for The Awl. Because it’s about time someone kept an eye on all the rotten wild things.

This is a column I’m now doing for The Awl. Because it’s about time someone kept an eye on all the rotten wild things.


In what sort of hellish, backwater, dimly lit, hard to find, scary community theater dressing room does one decide, “Fuck it, I’m taking the Butt Odor Victim part”?

In what sort of hellish, backwater, dimly lit, hard to find, scary community theater dressing room does one decide, “Fuck it, I’m taking the Butt Odor Victim part”?


Notice how the cow gets billing over the negro. I suppose it’s in order of death, but it’s still a bit disconcerting.

Notice how the cow gets billing over the negro. I suppose it’s in order of death, but it’s still a bit disconcerting.


Jul 25
Received an e-mail from a kid who said that he liked my Mos Def cover story. Said he wouldn’t have written, but he figured it was the least he could do considering that he stole the magazine from Barnes & Noble. Beautiful.

Received an e-mail from a kid who said that he liked my Mos Def cover story. Said he wouldn’t have written, but he figured it was the least he could do considering that he stole the magazine from Barnes & Noble. Beautiful.


My water cover-ups article hit the front page of MSN. Check it out here.

My water cover-ups article hit the front page of MSN. Check it out here.


Jul 14
I finally weighed in on MJ with a companion piece to my friend/colleague Dayo’s essay. Both articles are on Slate today. Enjoy.

I finally weighed in on MJ with a companion piece to my friend/colleague Dayo’s essay. Both articles are on Slate today. Enjoy.


Jul 13

Told You, Mom

Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain’s Keele University have found swearing can make you feel better as it can have a “pain-lessening effect,” according to a study published in the journal NeuroReport.

Jul 12
My GOOD article on the most notorious water cover-ups in American history is on newsstands now. Check it out and support a magazine whose greatness belies its name.

My GOOD article on the most notorious water cover-ups in American history is on newsstands now. Check it out and support a magazine whose greatness belies its name.


Jul 11

Irony, You Runny, We All Runny

My “Angry White Men" piece hit the front page of MSN early this morning. Here’s a sampling of the hate mail I’ve received since:

  • "People like you will only be happy when we become a third world country and there is only the elite on your side sprinkle alittle down to the rest of us"
  • "You need to spend more time writing articles like ‘blacks need to take the chip off their shoulder’ or ‘why do blacks love to blame others for their own communities failings’"
  • "You are one sad pathetic mother fucker!"
  • "The killing of Dr. Tiller seems to me to be karma"
  • "You may want to think twice before castigating the angry white guys"
  • "Why don’t you do us all a favor and go back to Africa"

Think these people get the irony in responding like this to an article about white rage?


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