So my costume choices were complicated this year. My roommate and I were going to go as Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, etc., but then we decided that getting me a wheelchair would be (a) necessary and (b) very offensive. Then him, me, and another one of my roommates were going to be the three costumes from the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video (trenchcoat and black shirt, denim, and tweed), but that turned out to be too expensive. Finally, we wanted to be Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner, because I have an outsized love of Radical Reconstruction and my roommate’s considerably shorter than I am. But then when realized it’s hard to look like 1850s politicians and that we didn’t have time to memorize the relevant dialogue.

Then today I had a revelation: I’m going as Rashid Khalidi. I’ve been growing the mini-beard steadily over the past month, and other that that, a jacket and pants, and a copy of The Iron Cage, there’s not much to the get-up. So yeah. Rashid Khalidi. It’s going to be awesome.

6 thoughts on “Halloween

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  2. I guess I shouldn’t be admitting that I’m not reading every post on Pushback, but yeah, that’s pretty dumb. My standards for the ignorance of rappers are pretty low (or high, depending on how you look at it). I mean, DMX didn’t know who Obama was during the primaries. Lil Wayne thinks that the world is going to end in 2012. Kanye thinks the government invented AIDS and so on and so forth. I guess I just don’t see investigating rappers for their opinions on politics or history is that useful an exercise. Especially Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em. I mean, the guy must be some sort of meta-joke about hip hop and culture in the early 21st century.

  3. Well, DMX is just an idiot. I’m more interested in Kanye’s apparent belief that the US government invented and distributed crack. That’d be one lucrative civil service career, making street drugs for the government.

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