Monthly Archives: May 2011

“I Concluded That Under the Right Circumstances I Could Probably Love the Torso.”

In the last days of the old National Lampoon, an occasional feature in the magazine’s “True Facts” columns was a first-person, behind-the-scenes look at jobs like mattress salesman or funeral director. Sometimes cynically funny, other times cynically depressing, the articles … Continue reading

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A Gracious Example

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a baseball fan, and because my mind works the way it does, I spent large portions of my youth devouring baseball books. Even so, and this is particularly odd because he spent nearly half his … Continue reading

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The Skull Behind the Split-Level

(This post may be found at The American Culture…)

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How We Got Here…

On several occasions, I’ve bemoaned the futility of trying to teach writing to kids who have made it through twelve years of school without absorbing even the basics of grammar. I distinctly remember getting this stuff in the public schools … Continue reading

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Odd Music from North of 49

One of my favorite online music sources is CBC Radio 3. Here’s some of what I listen to there: When I was in high school, we would have called this “new wave”. If you like it anxious, jittery, and melodic, … Continue reading

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Graverobbing (Literary Division)

I finished The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart the other day as I waited to pick up MondoSpawn, and I’m kind of wondering why I did. Jesse Bullington’s novel tries to combine the sensibilities of Robert E. Howard and … Continue reading

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Thinking Out Loud: Offering It Up…

Because Mondoville is a small college, and because the only thing faster than the speed of light is the speed of gossip, and because the murder of my parents has been and continues to be the loudest thing in my … Continue reading

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