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Raised Relief

Notes from the frontier

I’ve been driving up and down the coast of the American West playing music with some friends.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Pimping the VA

It’s a decision that will live in infamy — counterintuitive, scandalous, batshit crazy. After what U.S. Sen.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Have I stayed too long at the fair?

The ghost came to my office door the other morning. I had come to work early.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Living in a madhouse

What madness we have wrought. I really wanted to write about football this month. I love football.

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

Blockbuster

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.