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January 2019


“[O]ver the past few decades, scientists have gotten significantly—even staggeringly—better at predicting the weather.” “It’s like salmon,” says the inventor + more

Quote of the Day

“We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In + more

Yet Another Entry in the “Writing Is Hard” Category

Russell Baker, the longest-running columnist in the history of The New York Times, on his profession: “I’ve always found that when writing is + more

Support Your Local Democracy

Breaking news: Social media is a cesspool. But at least Twitter – that wretched hive of scum and villainy – isn’t all + more

Sex, Drugs, and TPS Reports

“The history of rock groups” writes Ian Leslie, “can be viewed as a vast experimental laboratory for studying the core + more


Last November, I experienced Death Valley for the first time. I say “experienced” because, well…one does not simply visit Death Valley. + more

A Political Page-Turner

Before I became jaded and cynical (read: old), I actually cared about politics and politicians. I convinced myself that it + more

Things I Learned Today

Thing one: Despite its appearance, the word contumely* is not an adjective. It’s a noun, and, according to my copy + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

This one came up just today: Is majority singular or plural? Well…yes. Let’s take a look at a couple of + more

This Is How It’s Done, Kids

Speaking of critiques and criticisms (see yesterday’s post if you’re late to the party), I really do believe that there’s + more

Critical Mass

I made my bones as a writer doing music criticism – CD and concert reviews, previews, features, and the like + more


The whole sordid tale behind the rise and fall of Swinger’s Tiki Palace (with pictures!). Will Lloyd makes a pretty + more

CK’s iPics of the Year

Presenting my fourth annual iPics of the year. My 2018 selections – 20 subjects in all – are mostly derived + more

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