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Today is the first day of autumn. Or, as I like to refer to it, that day in September when + more

Monday Diversion

If Al Franken drawing a map of the United States from memory can’t bring us all together as a nation, + more


“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of classical music’s most famous works,” tweeted one of the mouth-breathers at Vox this morning. + more

An Observation

I may have mentioned that I’m reading my way through The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro’s (currently) four-volume biography + more

Local Boy Does Good

Speaking of music (see yesterday’s post for some of the year’s notable recordings), winners of the 2019–20 Ernst Bacon Memorial + more

The Glass Is Half…Something

I think we can all agree that, by and large, 2020 has sucked wet dog fur. BUT. There’s been some + more

Long Reads for the Long Weekend

“Rather than a neat evolutionary line,” writes Florence Hazrat, “imagine punctuation developing as a rhizome, a horizontal mesh of practices, + more

It Was Always Thus

Sure, things are weird right now. But it wasn’t all that long ago that they were—arguably, I suppose—even weirder. I’m + more

Monday Afternoon Diversion

Not sure how I landed on this video—Twitter, maybe?—but after watching it I found myself on the Ant Lab YouTube + more

Forget What We Said Two Days Ago. This Is the BEST Year Ever.

According to the fine folks at the Oxford English Dictionary, there are 171,476 English words currently in use. And not + more

Only 127 Days Left in This Godforsaken Year

From Scientific American, folks: “‘Oumuamua—a mysterious, interstellar object that crashed through our solar system two years ago—might in fact be + more


Before you take this advice seriously, ask yourself one question: Has the federal government ever—and I do mean ever—been right + more

Tuesday Musings

The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “It’s Not Hard to Be Nice.” At first blush, it’s + more

Quote of the Day

“All human effort beyond the lowest level of the struggle for animal subsistence is motivated by the need to live + more


We live in an age in which respectful, good-faith, reasoned debate is the exception rather than the rule. So I’m + more

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