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Well. That was certainly a long commercial break, but we’re back. For those who may have forgotten (and who could blame you!), I’m Jamaal. Here’s a quick recap.

I’m a co-founder of the Funnybook Babylon podcast and blog (we had things to say about comic books). I also tumbl about things at Infected Worldmind. About two years ago, I realized that I had things to say about the broader world of pop culture, so I started a separate wordpress blog. In the fall of 2014, I moved from the Bronx to New Haven (Connecticut) and my blog was hacked. All of my efforts to repair the blog were unsuccessful, so I decided to start a new blog in November 2014. What happened next?

We had to unpack (so many boxes…)

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My son had his first birthday.

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We celebrated Thanksgiving at our new apartment.

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We had to prep for Christmas.

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More importantly, my schedule drastically changed. Before we moved to New Haven, my day started with a three hour commute to Yale. I always returned home to a sleeping baby and a sleepy wife. It was a miserable period, but it also gave me six hours of empty time that could be filled with reading and (potentially) writing (due to the nature of my work, I can’t do work on a public train). My life’s much simpler now. Instead of getting up at four to get out at five to catch the bus to the Metro North and walking a mile from State Street to my job (and having to do a more complicated version on my way home), I take a leisurely fifteen minute walk to work.

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I get more time with my wife and my son. I get more opportunities to run in the morning. I lose any time that I would’ve dedicated to writing.

The fall turned to the winter to the spring to the summer. I find moments to write, but my blog is still down, and I don’t have the time to repair and relaunch.

At some point in July, I just got tired of waiting. So, here is the new blog. This is where you’ll find (occasionally) thoughtful commentary about comics and pop culture from the perspective of a guy who grew up loving comics, hip-hop, basketball, serialized tv dramas and long books (especially history and science fiction).

If you’re interested in the older stuff (and you should be!), I’ve recovered my posts from the old blog and will be adding them to the archives over the next few weeks.

We’re going to start with a two post a week schedule. This week – comics and the Roots. Next week?

See you soon.

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