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Summary of My Discontent

Looming fiscal metaphors

With the election behind us, many Americans have turned their attention to the “fiscal cliff,” a phrase widely used to describe the economic splatter that awaits us because, like Wile E

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Celebrating a president

By now you either know who won the election or you are savoring the spectacle of a constitutional crisis of chad-hanging proportions.

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Reaching the undecided voters

My fellow Americans, it’s been a long and grueling campaign. I’ve debated my worthy opponent on the issues.

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History’s Assholes: Fred Koch

Welcome once again to History’s Assholes, the column that travels back in time to flush out the assholes who made the world what it is today.

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The simile and you

As a longtime writer of not only grammatically viable sentences but also the occasional full-length paragraph, I’m often asked about the proper role of similes in today’s challenging wr

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Grooming the next-next generation

Attention 7-year-olds: Congratulations! You’re going to inherit the country. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, barnacles!” But hear me out.

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My novel pitch

Thanks for letting me pitch my novel. I think it’s got real potential.

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A letter to my great-great-great-granddaughter

Ni hao! I presume you speak Chinese. That seems to be the most likely scenario, based on the currently available evidence.

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No laughing matter

As Albert Brooks tweeted last week, “Sometimes the news overwhelms your desire to joke about it.” And there have been a lot of news stories lately that have put me off my jokes.

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This plane can fly

I once sat on an airplane next to a jittery fellow who’d never flown before.