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.