Stop Calling Me Surly

Deconstructing Camelot

We can only speculate how much the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago changed history.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Coney Island baby

When I first started working in the dark arts, I was apprenticed, briefly, with a master of great skill but poor repute.

Summary of My Discontent

Literature and empathy

A recent study published in the journal Science raised a lot of eyebrows in, of all places, literary circles.

Fun with Shrapnel

Ah, new digs!

Let’s pretend, dear reader, that we’re old friends. I mean, we sort of are (old friends), and I’m going to tell you a lot of stories about maybe familiar people.

Stop Calling Me Surly

A sweet, crushing compulsion

Unregulated masterminds of exploitation capitalize on human frailty.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Don’t start me to talkin’

I know you asked me to shut up about Neutral Milk Hotel. I know you don’t want to hear it.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Race and Rand

“NO ONE in this country is crafting a better message of uplift for the African-American community than Rand Paul.” —Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Twitter, Sept.

Summary of My Discontent

Your next virtual vacation

When I studied geography in the fourth grade under the tutelage of Mrs. Diers at St. Mary’s School (Go Saints!), I had my first out-of-body experience.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Endangered handshake, sick nation

As Americans clamored to buy affordable health insurance early this month, the need was underscored by a sickening shutdown of the federal government.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Life of crime

Back when I was a kid, I fell into a bad crowd.