Archives June 2011

How I convinced my child to go the f—k to sleep

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Since insomniac children is a hot topic these days, I ought to share a story of our own adventures in this department.

When our youngest son was two years old, recently transferred from crib to toddler bed, he discovered the joys of getting out of that bed, opening his own door, and visiting his parents ...

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How the mighty hath fallen

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Whitey Bulger, who used to be the FBI’s second-most-wanted man, told a Federal magistrate in California that he needs a court-appointed attorney.

You’d think that a retired mob boss facing nineteen murder charges would have enough loot stashed away, somewhere, to hire a good lawyer. Maybe he invested his ill-gotten gains with Bernie ...

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The mutant as [ethnic slur]

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Reading various essays on the racial politics of the new X-men movie—see, for example, Ta-Nehisi Coates, N. K. Jemisin and Matthew Yglesias—reminds me just how sophomoric the whole “let’s use mutants as a metaphor for the oppressed minorities of the real world” conceit is. I mean, if African-Americans could fly or shoot laser beams ...

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Short, hopefully sweet, fiction

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Seized with an idea for a short-short, I put aside the story I am working on in my Copious Free Time for long enough to write “Dying in the Zone”.

“My friends,” the crime lord says, “if we could all put our weapons down, I’m sure we could make some kind of arrangement.” You ...

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