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Summary of My Discontent

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.

Raised Relief

The song that does not end

I’m driving through California’s Central Valley now. Some of it looks like the photographic inverse of the American South.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Of poultry and polarization

On April 14, 2002, my gay brother died surrounded by his partner, John, my mother, sister and me. None of us will forget the outpouring of love and support from his extended family of friends.

Fables of the Deconstruction


This line is so long, I can’t even see the box office. Do all of the movies start at the same time or something? And it isn’t moving, either.

Summary of My Discontent

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.

Raised Relief

Summer in the city

Dang, Louisville. Y’all bring the thump.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Anatomy of a mass murderer

Nowhere is the boundary between tragedy and comedy as blurry as the blogosphere. Under the headline “Murderous Asshole Who Killed Those People Has Small Penis,” J.

Fables of the Deconstruction

We’re having much more fun

Good evening. Wow, I’m really excited to see so many people here tonight. Our little series has never had such a good turnout.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Fire them all

The latest bombs in the ongoing Penn State and Florida A&M scandals have dropped.

Summary of My Discontent

This plane can fly

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