Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

31

Oct

2013

Kwa-Ra-Neema, they called him.  "The Good Chief".Christ knows what the Comanch called him, in their heathen tongue, but the ones who learnt English said he was the Good Chief.  The Good Man.  The Friend of the White Man.  Most of the folks I knew, the decent folks, called him Crow Eyes.  But me and my brothers had a di ...
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Status Update

Status Update

28

Oct

2013

Hello there, ell p dot com readers!Your stumblebum author, from whom the site derives its name, is working on a major writing project to which he will be devoting the cheetah's share of his 'free' time to completing, so content will be light for the next few whenevers.  The site's not going anywhere; I still need an outlet ...
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White Flight Red and White Flight Blue

White Flight Red and White Flight Blue

24

Oct

2013

Mark Doolittle, local historian: It really all started with the tourist trade. People started showing up from all over the country all wanting to see the "birthplace of Superman". At first it was just snowbirds, retirees, people passing through on road trips, but word got around and the economy started to p ...
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Why Are Jokes?

Why Are Jokes?

23

Oct

2013

WHY ARE JOKES, BIT ONE: QUIZ TO DETERMINE WHICH MEMBER OF THE CHRISTIAN HOLY TRINITY YOU ARE, IF YOU ARE ONE1. My favorite food is:(a) manna(b) figs(c) I don’t eat2. On the weekend, I like to relax by:(a) smiting the children of Israel with a plague for their insolence(b) cleansing lepers(c) appearing ove ...
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The Aged Empire

The Aged Empire

21

Oct

2013

The first one I lost was a long time ago. To the Yanks, of course, back in '78. That's when I lost it, I mean, in 1778. I didn't have it completely off until '83, I think, but it was certainly the first.Wait, I tell a lie. Before that was Bermuda, then Suriname. Memory fails to serve, you know. Too much time, too many big g ...
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The Geek in History

The Geek in History

20

Oct

2013

One of the plagues of historical thought is what might be termed the arrogance of modernity. From our lofty aerie here, at the crest of the 21st century, we mistake our point on a line for the peak of a graph. As did every generation before us, we assume that we are not merely the latest in an endless sequence, but the real ...
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As Was the Style at the Time

As Was the Style at the Time

19

Oct

2013

"It seemed bizarre that events so serious would be linked causally with a rarified form of academic talk," Stanley Fish wrote after receiving a call from a reporter asking if September 11 meant the end of postmodernist relativism. "But in the days that followed, a growing number of commentators played serious variations on ...
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Tattoo U.

Tattoo U.

16

Oct

2013

Do I remember lung-scripting? Kid, I'm old enough to remember when tattoos were a big deal.Oh, believe me. There was a time. I know you don't think there ever was a 20th century, but I was born way back in 1972. When I started working in the business, there weren't even tattoo-and-piercing salons -- because nobody had pierc ...
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Wage Slavery Without The Wages

Wage Slavery Without The Wages

15

Oct

2013

It is often said by those in the business of making dire predictions about our current political system that the goal of the current generation of Republican radicals is the reduction of the American working population to the status of serfs. With all due respect to the thinkers who have given us the splendid notion of neo- ...
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King-Kubrick/33°

King-Kubrick/33°

14

Oct

2013

Rodney Ascher's Room 237, a documentary (well, actually, a film essay, but why should we split hairs?), has recently come to Netflix Instant after a run on the festival circuit that generated a noisy buzz. Ascher's film concerns itself with a number of convoluted, complicated, possibly brilliant and definitely insane theor ...
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“We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back”

“We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back”

12

Oct

2013

The best examples of social progress are always those who are themselves a living testament to the change they wish to make.  When Frederick Douglass electrified the nation with his righteous speeches about the horrors of slavery, many in the South doubted that he was ever a slave, because no savage Negro could possibly be ...
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Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Doorstop

Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Doorstop

11

Oct

2013

The first time where I got in trouble was right off. They come by the mall food court, 'cause they like to pick out people eatin' alone which is what I was doin' at the time. I was actually there with my friend Jimmy but he was in the toilet and I didn't even really like him that much. I was eatin' his onion rings in fact w ...
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The Curious Dr. Grune

The Curious Dr. Grune

10

Oct

2013

Dr. Grune came to the university in 1955. In this, as in all things, he was ahead of his time, as the great wave of visiting European professors did not otherwise begin until the early 1960s, but we had already heard great things about Dr. Grune. He was not a compelling speaker, and obviously many people found his personali ...
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Not A Pretty Word, Is It, Batman?

Not A Pretty Word, Is It, Batman?

8

Oct

2013

"Commissioner Gordon.""Evening, Bruce!""Let's keep it formal, if you don't mind.""Er, all right. What brings you around, Br...Batman?""It's the Joker.""Terrible business. Any clues yet?""Oh, I've already caught him. He's locked down back at the Batcave.""Oh! Excellent. That's good news. I expect we'll have him back in Arkha ...
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The Reason for the Killing Season

The Reason for the Killing Season

7

Oct

2013

Two weeks after the tragic murders at "Lieutenant Junior Grade Surfy 'The Octopus' McGrady's Water Wonderland", a community attempts to come to grips with such an enormous crime.Perhaps more intolerable than even the loss, the shock and the long and slow process of recovery is the presence of so many questions -- most unans ...
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