My favorite poet of World War One – The Great War, the ‘war to end all wars’ – was Wilfred Owen, who died a week before armistice day, November 11, 1918. Disabled He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting … Continue reading
Noah Berlatsky is one of the few Atlantic bloggers whose writing about sex and gender doesn’t make me cringe. It’s ironic that the only real feminist employed by the Atlantic is a man, but I’ll take what I can get. … Continue reading
Is there a useful way to use the idea of evil when writing about politics and the ethics of living as a citizen? Specifically, is the term ‘evil’ more accurate and more descriptive that merely ‘bad’ or ‘unethical’ when describing … Continue reading
Goodnight Dune Absurdity of the day.
Americans hate the undeserving poor. We hate poor people on welfare who drive nice cars; we hate poor people who don’t scrimp, save, and hustle their way into wealth, Horatio Alger style (does anyone still read Horatio Alger novels?). Unless … Continue reading
I live in California. Sometimes I drive down to the beautiful tourist town that gives this part of the Central Coast its name, and I walk through the downtown, look into shop windows, perhaps grab a cup of coffee at … Continue reading
About a year ago I was in a melancholy mood and I went downtown. I think I was supposed to be on a first date, and I got stood up; for whatever reason, I was very nicely dressed and I … Continue reading