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monty-heying's picture
May.23.2011
One form of religious oppression has been going on for millennia-zealots using religion as a either a club or an opiate to control the masses for economic or political gain. The dotted line runs from cave-dwelling witch doctors, through Jesus and the Pharisees and moneychangers, through Socrates'...
luke-james's picture
May.19.2011
Beckett is just coming out of the bathroom after a bit of a post-coital wash and brush-up, when he hears Posh William’s clarion. “Hair lair! Anyone abite? Fewsh?” Fuscia has her nose in a geography text book so fast Beckett finds he somehow suddenly knows the average annual rainfall for The...
thomas-burchfield's picture
May.17.2011
Every year, I pull from the reading pile a book from the Great Canon, what the Left-Wing Politically Correct (Leftus pcius) once referred to as the work of Dead White Males, an attempt to wrap one restrictive view of art with another straitjacket.   Fortunately, that petty fever passed and...
luke-james's picture
May.16.2011
“That’s right! Oliver Twist, pickpockets they was.” Simon says, his face lighting up, then, “’Ere you gonna get yourself a squad of posh little fuckers and lift a few wallets down Kensington? ‘Arrods mate, that’s where you wanna go.” “You,” Beckett said, tapping the side of his head, “can be a...
luke-james's picture
May.15.2011
Beckett steers Posh William to a table at the back of the room, deliberately seeking out a couple of his slightly less dodgy acquaintances. Paul and Simon, the actors, or so they claim. When, that is, they aren’t being painters and decorators or doing a spot of furniture removal, ordered or not....
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.07.2011
As I read books of real-life people from the past--both non-fiction and historical fiction--I've been wondering lately how the descendents of these real-life characters feel about how they're being portrayed.  For example: --In Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis is depicted as a manic-depressive...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.04.2011
I have been away a little while; an immediate family member has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer--in a few different areas.  This is bad enough, but there's also a major deadline at work: tons of things due this coming week.  Of course. So what does one do when faced with all this? ...
dale-estey's picture
Dec.19.2010
Charles Dickens' Victorian-era masterpiece "A Christmas Carol" was published on Dec. 19, 1843, and became an instant success in England. It tells of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's emotional and spiritual transformation after the visitations of a number of ghosts. The List: The many faces of...
anthony-maulucci's picture
Dec.07.2010
REDROOM: Mr. Dickens, how do you feel about having two of your books, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, chosen by Oprah for her book club? CHARLES DICKENS: Who’s Oprah? RR: An African American woman with a nationally broadcast television show. CD: Ah, I see. And this means . . . ? RR:...
tom-wagner's picture
Sep.29.2010
They have been weighed and found wanting 08/26/2010 6 Comment(s)   Jobless claims rise more than expected NEW YORK | Thu Aug 19, 2010 Reuters 12:21pm EDT Jobless claims slide more than expectedBy Hibah Yousuf, CNN staff reporter August 26, 2010Economists...