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Posts tagged ‘politics’

Cause and effect

November 8th, 2017

(The New York Times, 11/5/17) (Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! #3, December 1983) Says it all, really.

Every generation gets the Masque of the Red Death it deserves. Recommended listening: Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (from a 1970 single) Funk don’t come heavier than this.

One dimensional chess

March 6th, 2017

My current creative paralysis can be summed up as this: Writing about trivial matters feels hollow in light of current events, yet I also feel uncomfortable adding to the unceasing flood of political thinkpieces. The present situation is the grotesque culmination of historical and cultural threads I’ve been studying for decades. While I’ve had plenty […]

The post-Leech phase of my college experience was a constantly shifting affair of passing interests and fitful moments of personal development. Most of my memories from the stretch of time between the summer of 1992 and the summer of 1993 have fallen down the memory hole, as Maura and I settled into the routine of […]

A perpetual harvest

March 1st, 2016

I’ve been steering clear of political posts this elections cycle — not out of fear of offending anyone’s tender sensibilities, but because the last thing the internet needs is another smug voice preaching to the choir. That said, I do want to say a few words about the Donald Trump phenomena and the historical context […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 16

February 16th, 2016

(from “The Disease That Wouldn’t Die!” by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada and Jack Abel Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #232, October 1977) “Let us have a baroque floral pattern between our breasts, a flight ring on our finger, and an infinite scorn in our heart.”

Learning to flinch

November 4th, 2015

I’ve been on something of a Warren Zevon kick lately, thanks to both “Werewolves of London” being on my Halloween playlist and an outbreak of Linda Ronstadt nostalgia which led me to this oh-so-relatable gem: Singer-songwriter stuff is probably one of my least favorite types of music. Consider it a side effect of a 1970s […]

All the (wrong) way

January 15th, 2015

I don’t pay much attention to the Oscars because life is too short for me to give a shit about a multi-billion dollar industry patting itself on its designer-dressed backside. Yet the controversy over Selma not getting its just due caught my attention, mind mainly because the arguments have been centering around historical mythmaking versus […]

Remembrance of things lost

July 10th, 2014

I was recently reading an editorial about a presidential candidate’s policy proposals, malady and was struck by some of the initiatives and ideas put forward: The maintenance of the estate tax? Aggressive anti-trust legislation? Support of organized labor, going so far as to suggest it deserves a high-level role in shaping economic policy? An endorsement […]

To eat their own

June 26th, 2014

Elijah doesn’t remember his father. He cannot recall a time before he and Mama moved to Grandpa Tim’s farm, though sometimes he has nightmares where he’s in the backseat of a car while the world burns and screams around him. Mama said his father died during the Struggle. Elijah daydreamed about him making a heroic […]

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