Monthly Archives: December 2014

In Which A Boogeyman Throws a Curve

I’ve mentioned the Koch brothers here in the past, and have observed that despite their support for a number of things (the arts, medical research, the ACLU) that liberals also support, their opposition to Leviathan-style government has made them (as … Continue reading

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Some Heads of Their Time?

Okay — I just heard this on my favorite 60s stream, which claims that this track dates from circa 1966-68 (as does Allmusic). I find this almost unimaginable, although I could conceive of an early 70s date. The song appears … Continue reading

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“But She Wants to Be A Paperback Writer…”

And now she is.   Want your own copy? Just go here.

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Jake Hinkson Waves at Flannery O’Connor

To teach English in the South, and particularly to write here, means to hear and occasionally think about one’s predecessors, most notably perhaps Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Although both these writers made the leap from being remembered as “regional writers” by … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Clan Mondo — and Big Star

The Spawn’s new computer is set up, as is the new flat screen TV Mrs. M received. I have my new cymbal (15″ K. Zildjian Dark Crash), ready for the next Berries practice. We are all genuinely blessed, and I … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas…

… and it has rained like crazy in Mondoville for the past few days. Had this been snow, it’d be keister-deep on a Percheron by now. Yuletide in South Carolina is not the stuff of Currier and Ives — I’m currently … Continue reading

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Advent Devotional — 23 Dec 14

I was asked to contribute a couple of entries to this year’s Advent Devotional series at Mondoville College. Here’s the one I wrote for today. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the … Continue reading

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This and That

We closed the sale on Spackle Manor yesterday, getting us back in the only one mortgage business. During the closing, we discovered a reminder of a less pleasant era. The attorney (in South Carolina, all real estate deals must involve … Continue reading

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How Does One Say “87th Precinct” in Korean?

I’ve read one of “James Church’s” Inspector O novels, police procedurals set in Pyongyang, and mean to read another, which is sitting in my office. But it’s hard to top this hour-long film. Ladies and gents, a NorK cop movie, A … Continue reading

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Reading on Target

Although I’m not a big fan of the First Lady (who was not elected Guardian of the Groceries as far as I can recall, but seems determined to play the part), I want to give her the benefit of the … Continue reading

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