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crispy
Interests: anarchism, puritanism, destruction of the existing putrid social order
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our children, and indeed ourselves, have been profoundly corrupted by the world's most insipid monsters. the muppets get why-they-sucked! Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at cheese it, the cops!
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I thought that the paper Entanglements would be out in January, but it's out now on amazon as well as suny. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday this week: the golden age of underground hip hop. it was a utopian era in some ways. in part it's what happens when you don't police racial borders in art; the playlist (which i really think rocks) is about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at cheese it, the cops!
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it's true! i'm in the nytimes today, developing my brand-new theory of history. fuck! it's world-history on horseback. i wonder who you think are world history's greatest dumbfucks and fuckwads. perhaps i'll write a book. in a similar vein from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
me talking to dan kaufman about arthur danto's aesthetics, on dan's sophia show. The School of Arthur Danto Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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well, it's true, i have long held that, qua ack-toor, kevin spacey sucks. but yo he sucks indeed. his statement, also coming out as gay, seems almost designed as a devastating self-indictment. the first thing i want to say is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
in a bold counter to xi jinping thought, my splicetoday column this week is a tribute to the wonders of splittism. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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a little gallery of suiseki, the japanese art form in which unaltered stones represent or encapsulate mountains or landscapes. these are collected in my immediate area in adams county pa. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday: the march of euphemism. the key to human liberation is to replace bad words with neutral-sounding words. then those words sound wrong, and we'll need new ones, forever. still, at least we'll all be free. okay, not to go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I'm a Quaker, which is sort of an opposite form of Protestant Christianity, but let's just say I've always felt to the pull of a more puritanical approach. Also I've been teaching Jonathan Edwards again. Here's my splicetoday column this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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for a week or two there i was a reporter, embedded in the monument wars (piece for citylab). there really is some great public art in philly right now; today might be a good one to check out monument lab... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
it won't surprise you that i, like you, am terribly in need of a comforter-in-chief. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
henry david thoreau, from "walking" (1862): I rejoice that horses and steers have to be broken before they can be made the slaves of men, and that men themselves have some wild oats still left to sow before they become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I started writing op-ed for the Nashville Banner (the afternoon daily, now defunct) in the early '90s when I was working at Vanderbilt. In the mid-to-late nineties I was more or less weekly for the Philadelphia Inquirer, probably 200 pieces,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
as classical greece was the golden era of sculpture, the italian renaissance the golden era of painting, and 2016 the golden era of pharmaceutical advertising on television, this is the golden age of the written word. it's like living with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
trump's un speech, threatening north korea with total annihilation could possibly be strategic. so say the us was really hinting that china had better remove the nk regime (cf entry a couple down). if china really was contemplating a nuclear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
this week's splice: no reason to force people to bake cakes for gay weddings Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
i'm spliced today (well, yesterday) arguing against 'generations,' kabooming boomers, xing out xers, tc. the schtick will be familiar to long-time readers of this blog. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
john ashbery is all gone, but he left us an epic pile of suck, or, really, a big bucket of meaninglessly juxtaposed words.. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
this week for splicetoday: is it okay to watch football? Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
obviously, every 'military' approach to north korea looks impossible or disastrous. this is the only regime-change scenario i can picture: u.s. and south korea, perhaps with a un nod, approve an extremely sudden invasion and annexation of north korea by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
my splicecolumn this week declares brad paisley to be the king of country music. really, seriously, the man can play. just a couple of examples of range on the guitar: Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
here's a bonus splicetoday column on the death of free expression in contemporary america. it's the one thing that left and alt right can really agree on. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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[how donny did the eclipse] alright, i'm going to tell you, guiltily, what i like about trump, why i keep returning to a seemingly sympathetic tone, or why i sometimes 'relate,' though i utterly reject his politics. on the charlottesville... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
what disturbs me more than anything about the current situation is that the left and the alt right seem to agree that free speech = fascism and white supremacism. that's ironic, etc, but it certainly portends disaster for the future... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!