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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 […]