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This song has all the disjunctures and ambiguities of a great poem: I always assumed that Neil Diamond had written the lyrics for the song, but Scarlet Letter tells me it is Leonard Cohen: Suzanne takes you down to her … Continue reading
I guess evolution’s true. It started as a pig virus, but then the swine flew. Bit pig, bit bird, bit us. Hybrid, efficient, new. Call it “pigavian flu,” sent from me to you. Obama can’t save us; no telling it, “sod … Continue reading
In February of 1967, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi were on the television show, What’s My Line? and Woody Allen was on the panel. Steve Rossi is my uncle, and “Rossi” is his stage name. His actual last name is … Continue reading
I saw Walt Whitman in Obama here. Today I discovered that novelist Zadie Smith made the same connection recently: Obama can do young Jewish male, black old lady from the South Side, white woman from Kansas, Kenyan elders, white Harvard … Continue reading
She calls it love at first sight, so I’ll play with her cliche, let it trip and tickle back to her upon my tongue, tease her with … Continue reading
Negative Capability Defined: Walking in Mysteries—and the Shoes of Others—with Keats, Shakespeare, Whitman—and Barack Obama!
In a letter dated 22 December, 1817, the poet John Keats coined the term “negative capability” and defined it this way: I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & … Continue reading
Heather Mac Donald of SecularRight.org looks past the up and down ticks of contemporary Gallup polls that gauge respondants’ self-reported religiosity, and looks instead at the larger historical trends, which show that religion in the Western world is in a slow, but thoroughly detectable decline: … Continue reading
As a liberal agnostic, whenever I hear illiberal agnostics or atheists hint that maybe the State should set parameters on parents’ ability to provide religious education to their children, I cringe. It is extremely presumptuous to assume that the State can direct the … Continue reading
before the night’s glittering black curtain the Father of dung beatles moves the moon ——————– What was I trying to do with this tiny poem? For one thing, I was trying to think about the things that … Continue reading
Obamageddon Cancelled: Rush Limbaugh’s and Sean Hannity’s Chicken Little Hysteria Act Over What an Obama Cabinet Would Look Like Proves Utterly Divorced from Reality
All through 2008, the far-right cried like Chicken Little about Obama being a secret Muslim, communist, and terrorist, and in their racism insinuated that he’d appoint a cabinet full of scary names (to conservatives) like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. … Continue reading
I am the salty sea your once amphibious daughters called home, and all my vital organs are here, in Sodom. Mother, memories, my heart. They are packed in this place, like loaves … Continue reading
Dr. McStrangelove?: In Debate #3, John McCain Seems to Channel Dr. Strangelove, Having Trouble Not Jumping Out of His Chair With Anger
Dreher: McCain was two tics away from a vein-popping “You can’t handle the truth!” Jack Nicholson moment, I felt. At one point, I thought: Which one of these men would I want in the White House when the 3 a.m. … Continue reading
McCain’s “Terrorist,” “Traitor,” and “Secret Muslim” Inuendos Yield Their Fruit: Angry Hysterics Now Flocking to McCain’s Rallies
Albrecht Durer, Female Objectification, and the Western Male Gaze: An Image of a Man Drawing a Woman Through a Perspectival Frame (1525)
The matter at hand. Are pornography, science, and art born of the same family of impulses—that is, to frame, and thereby comprehend, control, and derive pleasure from, cthonian forces? And is that a bush on his windowsill? And are those two hills … Continue reading
“The Sunday Shakespeare Society”: A Charming Notice, from 1934, of a London Group That Met Once a Month to Read Shakespeare’s Plays Aloud
William Kent, in his 1934 book London for Shakespeare Lovers (Methuen & Co.), in the “Useful Information” section at the back of the book, had this rather charming notice (on pg. 174): The Sunday Shakepeare Society was founded by the late Dr. … Continue reading
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For the 2008 election season, I hereby propose that a new informal fallacy be added to all college textbooks devoted to philosophy, composition, rhetoric, propaganda studies, and law: “The Sarah Palin logical fallacy,” or simply “The Palin fallacy.” It can … Continue reading