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Posts tagged ‘what the fuck happened to this place’

..and now it’s an epidemic of national proportions. (from “The Loathsome Loner” by Carl Wessler and Ricardo Villamonte in The Witching Hour #65, August-September 1976) Recommended listening:

Groovy times

August 9th, 2018

NEWLY DECLASSIFIED FROM THE SECRET VPL DATABASE: THE POLYESTER FOUR PART PLAN OF 1975: 1. Trap the smell of sweat, body odor, and other environmental scents in the fabric to an eye-watering degree. 2. Cause your clothes dryer to burst into flames. 3. Realize how awful you actually look. 4. Donate the stuff to a […]

One dimensional chess

March 6th, 2017

My current creative paralysis can be summed up as this: Writing about trivial matters feels hollow in light of current events, yet I also feel uncomfortable adding to the unceasing flood of political thinkpieces. The present situation is the grotesque culmination of historical and cultural threads I’ve been studying for decades. While I’ve had plenty […]


November 21st, 2016

…how have you folks been doing? Sorry for the content drought. The site isn’t going anywhere. I suspect I’m going to need it as a coping mechanism in the months and years ahead. Updates will be thin on the ground for the next couple of weeks, however, but that’s a result of day job stuff […]


November 9th, 2016

If you’re looking for answers or reassurance, I don’t have any. This is one-hundred percent self-therapy, a stream of consciousness attempt to drain a suppurating psyche. When became clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton would become the presumptive Democratic nominee, my thoughts immediately turned to Martha Coakley. For those of you not up on Bay State […]

A perpetual harvest

March 1st, 2016

I’ve been steering clear of political posts this elections cycle — not out of fear of offending anyone’s tender sensibilities, but because the last thing the internet needs is another smug voice preaching to the choir. That said, I do want to say a few words about the Donald Trump phenomena and the historical context […]

The title of the article is “An Uneasy Sense of Emptiness and Anonymity.” It is the first installment in a four-part series titled “Challenge for Free Men in a Mass Society” which ran in LIFE Magazine in the spring of 1967. That date is important, for reasons I will get to in a bit. The […]

The only thing

September 17th, 2015

I haven’t been following the GOP presidential debates. If I wanted to experience a bunch of entitled blowhards spouting bile, I’d log into Facebook. What I have been doing is charting Republican party’s historic lurch towards utter derangement, as chronicled in LIFE Magazine‘s political commentary from 1964 through 1972. LIFE is a handy resource for […]

I’m not going dish spoilers about the Mad Men series finale. I’m not going to toss my “hot take” about it into the already overstuffed ring of thinkpieces. I’m just going to state that the conclusion of Mad Men was as logical as it was disappointing. The emotional expectation of audiences notwithstanding, there was something […]

Remembrance of things lost

July 10th, 2014

I was recently reading an editorial about a presidential candidate’s policy proposals, malady and was struck by some of the initiatives and ideas put forward: The maintenance of the estate tax? Aggressive anti-trust legislation? Support of organized labor, going so far as to suggest it deserves a high-level role in shaping economic policy? An endorsement […]

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