Editor’s Note

Courting courage on Capitol Hill

President Obama and fellow Democrats recently received a bit of advice from an unlikely sage: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Fables of the Deconstruction

How do you do?

It may seem trivial, but I hate it when people say, “Hi, how are you?” (Unless it’s Daniel Johnston.) Yes, I know it’s (probably) no more than a meaningless salutation; nobo

Keeping Up with the Jones

CBC joins the black insurgency

The small, progressive “we must never stop asking questions” insurgency among black people seems to be growing.

Summary of My Discontent

Lucky in lunacy

Human ingenuity is truly a wonder to behold.

Don't Ask, I'm Telling

Will you civil union me?

I used to be politically active. I would regularly write letters to my representatives in Congress, sign petitions and attend protests.

Raised Relief

Possibility City? Possibly

Pop Quiz: What city has 390,000 energy consumers who could soon be saddled with a 12 percent overall rate hike, has no controlling stake in its power utilities, and isn’t Düsseldorf, Ger

Emotional Weather Report

They can kill you, but they can’t eat you

There was this kid I’ve known since high school: 22 years old, chronically unemployed and a month’s rent away from homelessness. His father drank himself to death.

Fables of the Deconstruction

A brilliant mistake

Last time we met, as we were parting ways, I blurted out that it might be time for you to watch the Coen Brothers’ recent movie, but I mistyped the name.

Summary of My Discontent

Tea party patriots: all-jokes edition

How many tea party patriots does it take to change a lightbulb?

Editor’s Note

Shop Local. Live Better.

It usually happens once a year. I am drawn — like a suicidal moth to a flame — to the fluorescent glow of Wal-Mart.