The Agonist’s “A Poem for Tuesday” feature raises an interesting issue today (doesn’t it always?). To wit: what’s the difference between a poem and prose. The example is a great one. Have […]
As Jack Bauer finishes his complete melt-down at the end of his eighth season, I’ve had 2 revelations: 1) he seemed to confirm 3 weeks ago the opinion of experts that torture […]
This should provide hours of an equal mix of horror and fascination. Good commentary can be found here and here, although none of it will make you feel better. Including the stuff […]
The media-reform activist organization, Free Press, has set up a press-bashing site called mediaFail, offering minimal instruction about what constitutes a bad news story versus a good news story. Thus we must […]
The Cold War was like two winos who’d dragged themselves from the gutter and stopped drinking. But, hedging their bets on sobriety, they carried around pints of Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol.
Part three in a series from China China is larger than life. It boasts the world’s largest population. It has the world’s fastest growing economy. It embodies the most dramatic social contrasts. […]
Part two in a series from China “Welcome to Shanghai,” the banners along the highway say. “Better city, better life.” At first I mistake it for propaganda promoting some kind of urban […]
Sorry for the long absence. Let’s carry on, shall we? “If you listen to the guys up in the stands, pretty soon you’ll be up there sitting with them.” Who said it?
Part one in a series from China The daylight never leaves us. We race against the earth’s rotation, our speed varying anywhere from 495 miles per hour to 600, forty-thousand feet up. […]
Read a news story you didn’t like? See a news story you think really sucked? See any news product you believe represents a failure of the American news media (no matter what […]