Fun with Shrapnel

Ah, new digs!

Let’s pretend, dear reader, that we’re old friends. I mean, we sort of are (old friends), and I’m going to tell you a lot of stories about maybe familiar people.

Stop Calling Me Surly

A sweet, crushing compulsion

Unregulated masterminds of exploitation capitalize on human frailty.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Don’t start me to talkin’

I know you asked me to shut up about Neutral Milk Hotel. I know you don’t want to hear it.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Race and Rand

“NO ONE in this country is crafting a better message of uplift for the African-American community than Rand Paul.” —Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Twitter, Sept.

Summary of My Discontent

Your next virtual vacation

When I studied geography in the fourth grade under the tutelage of Mrs. Diers at St. Mary’s School (Go Saints!), I had my first out-of-body experience.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Endangered handshake, sick nation

As Americans clamored to buy affordable health insurance early this month, the need was underscored by a sickening shutdown of the federal government.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Life of crime

Back when I was a kid, I fell into a bad crowd.

Summary of My Discontent

The sum of our exceptionalism

Much has been written in recent weeks about American exceptionalism, and, of course, we are exceptional thanks to our unique American notions of liberty and egalitarianism and fried potatoes that a

Stop Calling Me Surly

A fix of ‘Breaking Bad’

(Warning: This column contains series-finale spoilers.) One of the most awarded, brilliant and important series in television history has ended.

Fables of the Deconstruction

If you could read my mind

The man was a fraud, a charlatan! He was supposed to be a psychic, but, really, he used the same tricks all of the other supposed psychics use. It was actually kind of comical, obvious.