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This Year’s Vacation Rocked

One of the side benefits of this job (apart from the piles of cash and the constant attention from the + more

On Dominance and Submission

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I recently returned from an epic road trip that took the missus and me + more

On the Road

Just got back from a two-week vacation—a rambling road trip covering more than 5,300 miles across a dozen states, mostly + more

Another Dose of Nostalgia

Last week (6.26), Courtney shared with us this link, taking us to a world that many have forgotten. This week, I’ll + more

Things I Saw Downtown, Walking On My Lunch Break

Beside the meter ­the lady fishes for her keys, legs painted Pantone 163.   Within the underpass, city sleepers spoon + more

Monday Monsters

While enjoying my coffee this morning I found this and it made me smile. And then it made me sentimental + more

The Sad State of Musical Criticism in 2017

Remember how last week I alerted you to Kalefa Sanneh’s New Yorker article on progressive rock? Now Forbes is getting in on + more


Stephen Phelan on the world’s deadliest motorcycle race: On the first lap, rider No. 63, Jochem van den Hoek, rocketed + more

Prog is dead. Long live prog!

The subtitle of Kelefa Sanneh’s New Yorker article on progressive rock reads “Critics think that the genre was an embarrassing dead end. So + more

Seinfeld 2020: Make America Aloof Again

I am not a hugger. It’s not just because I’m an introvert, though I’m sure that has something to do + more

Quote of the Day

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your + more

Spokane Scene no. 25

Knothead Loop is a seven-mile hike that rewards you with Indian petroglyphs, gorgeous views, and plenty of wildlife—and it’s only a half-hour drive from downtown + more


Terry Teachout reports on a “trivial little exercise in inter-generational trolling” he undertook on Twitter last week. The results are + more

“A Tiny Masterpiece”

“Robert Rauschenberg,* who once said that he wanted to make the biggest drawing in the world, also created one of + more

Public Service Announcement

If you ever find yourself in Dillon, Montana—and really, why wouldn’t you?—do yourself a favor and stop in at the + more

Thank You, Captain Obvious

The correct answer to this question, of course, is “Yes.” #SavedYouAClick However, since reading “calms the nerves, increases language and + more

Say Goodbye to Workplace Productivity

As usual, I’m late to the party on this. But I just discovered Open Culture, “The best free cultural & + more

The Wonder of It All

I’ve been mildly annoyed by REI’s #ForceOfNature social media campaign, if only because they seem to be trying really, really + more

On Names Good and Bad

“Consider the Oreo cookie,” wrote Harlan Ellison. “Mealy. Chocolate only in the same way that an H-bomb blast-effect is a + more

Today’s Reading Assignment

Over at Current Affairs, Nathan J. Robinson offers an impressive—and, to be honest, convicting—defense of liking stupid things. “Not everything + more


Check this out: In 2009, Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele University, in England, asked a group of volunteers to + more


This explains why I’m easily the friendliest, kindest, and most thoughtful and empathetic person at helveticka world headquarters. Ugh: “People + more

France Defeated in Minor Battle; Wins War Anyway

It’s May 5th today. Which means all the 20-somethings will be out celebrating a fake holiday by eating Taco Bell takeout + more

What’s Next? Pre-Chewed Food?

If you’re someone who thinks that the very existence of President Donald J. Trump is proof of the coming apocalypse, + more


Is life a problem to be solved, with happiness awaiting those who solve it? No. And…no. In fact, “optimizing one’s life and + more

Ode to Billy Joel

Over at The Atlantic, Adam Chandler describes the scene at a Billy Joel concert: A mother tries to cajole her + more

So THAT’s why CK smells funny today…

Happy Weed Day, everyone. In the fall of ’71 Waldo Steve was given a treasure map to a patch of + more


The subhead of this article says it all: “What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a + more

The B.S. Goes to 11

Jeff Koons is unveiling his latest project, and, from the sounds of it, well…let’s just let him describe it: “They touch + more

Today in History

Lord Byron to Thomas Moore, from Venice, April 11, 1817: My late physician, Dr Polidori, is here on his way + more

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