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When The Well Runs Dry

September 29, 2010

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Today in The New York Times, Felicity Barringer writes: LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Nev. — A once-unthinkable day is looming on the Colorado River. Barring a sudden end to the Southwest’s 11-year drought, the distribution of the river’s dwindling bounty is likely to be reordered as early as next year because the flow of […]

Two Koreas

May 26, 2010

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In a status update the other day I announced my perplexity on why in the twenty-first century the civilized world continuously allows itself to be bullied by madmen such as North Korea’s tyrant Kim Jong-Il. Of course it was only a false perplexity, a phony curiosity donned as a loaded question in hope that the […]

“Calm Down, Ladies-and-gentlemen; It’s Not a Race or Anything.”

April 14, 2010

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Today on the way to class I’m stopped by two people I’ve never met before—a tall black boy and a short black girl. “Answer me this,” says the black boy—”and be honest,” says the black girl. The black boy then inquires as to “Which one of us is blacker?” I hesitate, breathe in deep. Why […]

Rejected Submission: “Newspapers Turned Off by Contributor Reference to Heads Being Sawed Off.”

January 5, 2010

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The Woes Of the Ohs That Everyone Knows: Getting by Slowly in the Fast-Paced Old-Worn New Age New World Order by Neil C/K/R Today’s Date: 12/31/09 Time: 8:50 AM In roughly fifteen hours the Ohs – The Aughts – The Naughty Naughts – they will be over and done with, leaving a beachball-sized digital tumbleweed […]

Commuting Through The Culture Gap

December 27, 2009

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Driving to work Christmas Eve morning I get into traffic and find myself posterior to something that embodies a symbiosis of all things repellent in everyday living. I see in this lipstick-scarlet Dodge minivan all the jingoistic mantras of the last decade: the renaissance of ’80s morality echoed by magnetic Jesus Fish, the vague and […]