Giving As Well As You Get

Giving As Well As You Get

22

Nov

2017

I used to have a little tradition around these parts -- by which I mean this blog, which I've been maintaining in some form or another for a good fifteen years or more -- where every Thanksgiving, I'd talk about the things I was thankful for.  It's not an original idea, or even a particularly interesting one, but as someon ...
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The Blacklist

The Blacklist

9

Nov

2017

Before we get too much deeper into Noirvember, I've often been asked to provide a list of my all-time favorite noir films.  This is painfully hard to do, because it's like picking my favorite bastard child whose birth I had nothing to do with.  It's a lot of good movies, folks.  Also, I'm pretty sure that I've done this ...
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A Bright Guilty World

A Bright Guilty World

8

Nov

2017

It's Noirvember again, and I'm once more looking forward to a month of immersing myself into my all-time favorite film genre, with all its grubby shadows and lines that are sharp but never clean.  When I was at the Chicago International Film Festival this year, I was intrigued by the offerings of their Film Noir program, b ...
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Famous Monsters of Birdland

Famous Monsters of Birdland

27

Oct

2017

The previous century was marked by the transformation of horror of the mind and soul to horror of the body and spirit, from childish night fears of ghosts and ghouls to real-life destruction and terror and an abstraction of horror into a genre of culture meant to turn our deepest dreads into in light entertainment.  So it ...
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Two Hundred and Seventy Wheels

Two Hundred and Seventy Wheels

3

Oct

2017

From the archives of Rig Pigs Fortnightly, thirty of the most likely current candidates for the Truck Driver's Hall of Fame.PEYTON GROTE.  Running canned seafood all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Peyton was the first hauler to install an octophonic sound system in his rig.  Favorite Physical Graffiti side:  2. ...
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Detoxifying Fascism

Detoxifying Fascism

22

Aug

2017

Michael Shermer, in his book Why People Believe Weird Things, wrote about his workmanlike history of appearing on television chat shows to debate neo-Nazis and Holocaust revisionists. Some of his colleagues, he wrote -- even ones with impeccable antifascist credentials -- told him he was not just wasting his time, but acti ...
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Learn Along with Lenny

Learn Along with Lenny

20

Aug

2017

Hey!  You!  You look like a smart guy, gal, or gender nonconforming individual!  Are you tired of being played for a sap?  Are you sick of being swindled, stuck with the check, and made out to be the A-number-1 chump at every party and board meeting?  Well, I'm here to tell you that your days of being a grade-Z mark ar ...
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Gentlemen’s Agreement

Gentlemen’s Agreement

20

Jul

2017

Let us say, just for the sake of argumentation, that you find yourself on the editorial staff of a large national men's fashion or entertainment magazine.  This is nothing to be ashamed of; certainly, it is humiliating and embarrassing, but we all must make a living.  Should you wake up one day in this position, you must ...
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Two Slices of Bread and a Promise

Two Slices of Bread and a Promise

13

Jul

2017

It has come to my attention, after a careful review of American commerce and culture, that what this country truly needs right now is another overpriced sandwich shop.  Please give me ten million dollars in venture capital to make this dream a reality.  All profits from Piercenham's Sandwich Shop, after I buy everything I ...
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The Slave Mind

The Slave Mind

8

Jun

2017

The news that Hillary Clinton, during her time as the First Lady of Arkansas, was in charge of a staff that consisted of unpaid prison labor is...well, not exactly news.  It's a 'revelation' published in her own memoir, written and published over twenty years ago, and only recently rediscovered by a racial justice advocat ...
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Dangerous Intersection

Dangerous Intersection

5

Jun

2017

So here we are again, talking about materialist dialectics vs. identity politics as if the two could exist independently of one another.  Longtime readers will know that I've struggled with this issue for years, and the stark contradictions between what I will describe for the sake of convenience as the leftist position an ...
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Mania

Mania

7

Apr

2017

The results, so far, of the latest 'season' of my long-running fantasy wrestling league.  Enjoy, nobody!INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 2017 EVENT SCHEDULESeason 57:  Colluctatio Ergo SumFriday Night Fights I:  Sic InfitFriday, Jan. 6th, 5:00am CST; Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan (Al ...
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Sweethearts of the Air

Sweethearts of the Air

5

Apr

2017

The podcast has risen from its humble beginnings, with primitive homo sapiens attempting to form a crude internet out of twigs and fire, to a dynamic multi-thousand-dollar business, with literally dozens of bored commuters tuning in on a daily basis to hear fascinating stories told in poor-quality audio in between ads for ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Kedi

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Kedi</i>

19

Mar

2017

It is a false dichotomy to say that in this world there are cat people and there are dog people, and never the twain shall meet.  There are many -- myself included -- who love the company of both animals, and have been lucky enough to have both dog and cat companions over the course of their lives.  But it is also roughly ...
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Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

17

Mar

2017

Spring is in the air, and a young man's heart turns to thoughts of love.  I am not a young man, however, so while the rest of you are out enjoying sunshine and greenery and doing your grotesque courting rituals, I am inside basking in the warming glow of a computer screen, thinking about all the role-playing games that mig ...
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