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Star Trek ala Tarantino

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Earlier this week, one of the many spies I employ to keep tabs on Hollywood arrived at my door in the dark of night, sweating and trembling. She passed an envelope to me, clutched briefly at my hand, and dove out of sight into some hedges. Once secured in my office, I opened the package, […]

Sneaking Up On Underthings

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It was high time to visit my undergarments silos in Denver, but after what happened last time… No. Better leave that alone for now, except to say I nagged my solicitor, Worthbottom Hoon, into joining me. Hoon agreed, said he needed a break from post-sexualized poetry. His most recent submission to Verse Quarterly— Stump! Stump! […]

The Best Movies Released Before 1970

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A group of us tried to come up with a short list of exemplary pre-1970 movies. The goal was a maximum of 20. I couldn’t winnow mine down below 25, and even making that number was painful. They are presented here in no particular order. And before you start smacking me around for omitting one […]

Empowering Un-Belief: An Interview with Amanda Knief

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Amanda Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists. She directs American Atheists’ policy advocacy, legal strategy, and serves and In-House Counsel. Ms. Knief earned her JD at Drake University, and has a BS in journalism from Iowa State University. She is the author of The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual […]

Lime Green Velcro

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Arts education is a tricky business. In fact, there are those who will assert that training in the arts—especially college-level training—is pointless, because “art” cannot be taught. I tend to agree with this point of view, but only up to a point. Generally speaking, I think David Mamet was correct when he said, specifically of […]

Fun with Cops: Idaho

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I travel frequently, covering many thousands of miles every month in my never-ending quest for a biweekly sack of silver. The more time one spends behind the wheel, the more likely it is that one will encounter some variety of law-enforcement official. I have certainly met face to face with my share. Most have been […]

Greetings and Felicitations

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Greetings! Now that the site is up and running, I want to take a moment to offer my most massive thanks to everyone involved in its creation. First, to Andrew Disney and everyone at All Trades Design. They did first-class work, and I couldn’t be happier. More importantly, however, they put up with me. To […]

The Founding Drunkards

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Soon after they’re born, American’s minds are stuffed with interesting and inspirational stories about their nation’s Founding Fathers. These men are a large part of our national mythology, our pantheon of mortal gods. Everyone knows that George Washington could not tell a lie (he could and did), that he chopped down a cherry tree (he […]

Why One Man Quit Drinking

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I drink for a living. I enjoy drinking. I enjoy drinking with people who enjoy drinking. Drinking is my hobby and my passion. So, I automatically feel a flutter of disquiet when confronted by someone who doesn’t believe and act the same. Their excuses are almost always of the tired sort, but every once in […]