And for My Next Trick, I’ll be Impersonating a Book

Next Wednesday, March 21, is the First Day of Spring, which I suspect will mean more to most of the United States than it does to residents of Pittsburg, NH, where winter reigns until Mother’s Day. Likewise, next Wednesday, March 21, is also the 12th Anniversary of the founding of Twitter, says @novelistador. And next … Continue reading And for My Next Trick, I’ll be Impersonating a Book

Pssstttt—Secrets of Secret Clubs (for a price)

Secret clubs generate . . . secrets. I had an uncle who lived in San Francisco and belonged to a well-publicized secret club—add that to your oxymoronic list—Bohemian Grove. If you Google Bohemian Grove, you’ll discover its links to the Trilateral Commission, the Illuminati, the Knights Templar and various other conspiracy-producing bogeymen. Members reportedly engage … Continue reading Pssstttt—Secrets of Secret Clubs (for a price)

Robert Frost was Right: The World Will End in Fire (or Ice) or a Snow Storm

I just got a message from a friend down south (well, southern New Hampshire), wanting to know if I’m preparing for Snowmageddon, which apparently what this upcoming snowstorm is to be called. I know other storms have been called Snowpocalypse, and I’m not sure if there are meteorological distinctions here, or if weather forecasters just … Continue reading Robert Frost was Right: The World Will End in Fire (or Ice) or a Snow Storm

The Existential Void of the Three-Year-Old Boy (or A Trip Down Memory Lane under the Vast Indifference of Heaven)

We’ve all got conversational ticks, questions we ask to keep the ball rolling—or give it a good kick if it’s stalled. For some people, it’s a “would you rather” question: “Would you rather eat a living human or be eaten by a living human?” “Would you rather be able to change the past or see … Continue reading The Existential Void of the Three-Year-Old Boy (or A Trip Down Memory Lane under the Vast Indifference of Heaven)

My Left Ear is Too Big! (Help Me Find Conservative Podcasts)

Many of you are already familiar with the Media Bias Chart (http://www.allgeneralizationsarefalse.com/the-chart-version-3-0-what-exactly-are-we-reading/), which has been updated recently. While a quick view of it is the best way to understand it, briefly, it looks at a variety of news sources, evaluates them on two separate factors (accuracy and political point of view), then charts them on … Continue reading My Left Ear is Too Big! (Help Me Find Conservative Podcasts)

Lazarus and the Prodigal Son Got Nothing on Joe–Recovery Can Work!

Anyone who lives with addiction, writes about addiction or studies addiction knows a lot about failure, a ton about false starts and too goddamned much about death. Today, though, I want to tell a happy story, and one I wasn’t expecting. First, though, I’ve got to go back to a speech I gave on Memorial … Continue reading Lazarus and the Prodigal Son Got Nothing on Joe–Recovery Can Work!

Bowling, Philosophy and the FBI—Converting that Difficult Split

I’ve never written about bowling or Manichaeism in this column. It’s difficult to relate knocking down pins with a ball to the apostle Mani’s belief in a completely dualistic universe—one where everything is either completely good or completely bad--but I may try some day. I have written enough about politics in this column so I … Continue reading Bowling, Philosophy and the FBI—Converting that Difficult Split

A Belly Full of Bad Intention is Still Protected by the Bill of Rights

I’ve declared my politics to be radically moderate, but I’m afraid I may have spoken too soon.  To be moderate, a political stance has to have positions to the right and left of it, just as to be in the middle implies different directions, if not endpoints to either direction. If I’m in between Boston … Continue reading A Belly Full of Bad Intention is Still Protected by the Bill of Rights