Category Archive for 'Literature'

The Critical Mass

Slaughterhouse-Find The morning walk with the dog is generally uneventful. I do keep watch for the woman walking her dalmatian.  He’s fat, his body shaped like an overstuffed Navy duffel bag, and he never looks happy. I usually cross over to the other side of the street with Abbie when I see the dalmatian and […]

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The Critical Mass

Ray Bradbury’s worlds were never this bad Bad news today. I could be moaning about the failed attempt to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. That news only confirmed what I’ve already known for a while. That the most-important election demographic isn’t “undecided” voters, but what’s charitably called “low-information voters.” Dumb people who can be convinced […]

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The Critical Mass

My six-week vacation As I haven’t blogged in six weeks, a lot of people – literally half a dozen – have been asking if my computer is broken. That’s not the case. Nor have I been conducting a sociological experiment in social media deprivation, as tempting as that sounds. None of that. Without trying to […]

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I have stories to kill for Here’s an excerpt from an unpublished novel, Amazon Fever: Olivia sat up in the water. “In apartheid South Africa, I would have been consigned to Soweto. In pre-Civil War America, I would have been a slave – a house slave, but a slave nonetheless. So I am black.” Elizabet […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday Times, so you don’t have to This morning, whole-grain bread dough is rising in the kitchen, and the music is a collection of Jelly Roll Morton. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” the jazz pianist intones, “if the women don’t get you, the liquor must.” 1, Far from suffering the consequences […]

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I read The Sunday Times, so you don’t have to: Feb. 28 Good morning. I made Grandma Spevak’s sausage yesterday, grinding the meat and stuffing the hog casings myself. Now the house still smells like garlic and pork fat. Let’s get to The Times: 1, Media reports immediately following Barack Obama’s Thursday health care summit […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Feb. 14 This morning’s first music: the indie psychedelic-folk rock band Vetiver’s haunting Tight Knit. It is Valentine’s Day, I must remember to call my parents…. 1, As is too often the case in tragedies, the death of a Georgian luger during a […]

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The Critical Mass

I read the Sunday Times, so you don’t have to: Jan. 17 I’ve brewed the coffee (from Papua New Guinea) and sat down with The New York Times this morning after making a profoundly puzzling music choice for the stereo: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. 1, Today, this is all that matters: “As Aid Pours In, […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Jan. 10 1, A front-page profile of Roger Ailes, the head of the right-handed propaganda machine Fox News, concludes with this quote from former Clinton aid James Carville: “If he were a Democrat, I think there would be 67 Democratic senators right now.” […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Jan. 3, 2010 1, As always, the news is not good. Authorities are still trying to put together the whole story on the Nigerian terrorist who loaded his underwear with explosives and tried to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day, and his […]

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