Everyone Gets a Statue

Masks don’t stop braindead discussions: “Woodrow Wilson was a racist.” “We sell baseball cards here, sir.” “You get it. Cards are a testament to history. Like statues. The antifa mobs…

Pity the Trump voters

I almost feel pity for the Trump supporters and “real people” who use hashtags like #democratshateamerica. At this point, they REALLY miss Obama. Life was so much easier when they…

Le incel d’origine?

From Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, page 77 of the Penguin Classics edition, translated by Robert Baldick. “He envied pianists their talent and soldiers their scars. He longed for a dangerous illness,…

Two Versions of “Tenth of December”

I have read two different versions of the “Tenth of December.” Don’t misinterpret — I did not find a unpublished, alternate version of this George Saunders story, where both Robin…

Grim Afterlife

Yeesh, a very grim imagining of what we could encounter in the great unknown, from Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things: “What if it doesn’t get better? What if…

The Star Wars Name Blender

Jyn, Cassian, Baze Malbus, Bistan, Chirrut – these are just a few of the Rogue One characters, an unmemorable blitz of names that reads like the fevered output of the…

Dispatches – Get Ready…

This recent conversation was overheard at the Braindead Megaphone Cafe: “I read a story about a story about Trump? That he paid some Russian to pee on him…?” “I heard…

Graham Greene, Power and the Glory

“Hate was just a failure of imagination.” (The Power and the Glory, Penguin ed. pg. 131) – only slightly more inspiring than the words of Dr. Ben Carson: “It will…