Category Archives: Political

That’s not an art. THIS is an art.

Letters of Note posted this 1960 letter from comedian Steve Allen to Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff, following Hentoff’s article questioning negative reviews of not-yet-legendary comic Lenny Bruce. A couple of things held my attention: 1) Art is taste to the public, but community to the artists; 2) Steve Allen not only promotes his autobiography [...]

Athiests: 1, Christians: 0 in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth (TX) Transportation Authority, caving in to public pressure, banned all religious message ads from their buses. The backstory is this. First, athiest groups started running ads on FW buses that read “Millions of Americans are good without God.” This got the Christian groups upset, obviously. But rather than letting this sort of [...]

tiny lessons gleaned from WikiLeaks

These are things I’m considering for myself in my worklife: Everything you write down at work is a record, not a diary. Emails are not secret blog posts. Be succinct, not pithy. It can and will be used against you. If you don’t have anything nice to say, say it in a way that sounds [...]

An explanation of art for America-loving peoples

Okay, listen. Just because you vote red and pray a lot and value some historical notions of white, suburban community moral-coding doesn’t mean you should just throw some shitty clichés together into a pop song template and ignore your own stories for the sake of pre-processed Americana. You can be Republican and/or Christian and actually [...]

Well, something’s the worst.

(story via Gothamist)

I’m cheering for you, Kyle the Peanut Vendor!

Guys! Kyle the peanut vendor—you know, from Brooklyn Cyclones games?—is duing the city for $3 million dollars! According to the Daily News, which I originally read from Gothamist, unicyclist/circus performer (and entertaining 7th inning juggler/peanut vendor at Brooklyn Cyclones games) Kyle Peterson was ticketed back in December 2007 for riding his unicycle on the sidewalk. [...]

“Heaven Is For Real”

Apparently a FOX News clip from AthiestMediaBlog: To say that I do not believe an ounce of this story would be to ignore the bigger picture. Truth of religion, particularly the most personal Truths, aren’t really debatable. Certainly ongoing discussion, soul-searching, knowledge, and the like are critical parts to understanding yourself and your core values/beliefs. [...]

The whole economy is a Foxworthy joke

(via @C_Winston)

A Really Greater New York

A fantastic article at Strange Maps on Dr. Kennard Thomson’s proposed plan for “A Really Greater New York.” In 1916, Dr. Thomson published his not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds concept in Popular Science. The Dutch had already been (re)claiming land in the North Sea, and the idea that humans and their newfound 20th-Century industrial machinery could lift solid sod [...]

haiku #1008 (midterms)

I wish we could have watched cartoons instead of that election night mess.




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