Keeping a promise

July 27, 2016

“He is the Sun King and if you look too long at him you will be blind, your senses flooded with his gold-spined brilliance. As E.E.Cumming might of said of him, Jesus, he is a handsome man — despite his …

On Patriotism

July 27, 2016

We all know we are supposed to love America the same way we are supposed to love our parents and our fellow man. Patriotism is so seldom questioned that it may seem self-evident. But what does it mean to love …

Watch Bob Roberts on bda

July 20, 2016

“Disbelief ,” a new poem by Johnny Wink

July 20, 2016

Disbelief Before my eyes on the tv screen A half an hour ago A state’s attorney general Most thoroughly did blow My mind with her assertion that Some sentences, devised For Mrs. Trump’s convention speech Had not been plagiarized. It …

Ryan Adams, “Streets of Philadelphia”

July 19, 2016

It happens. Pigs fly too.

July 17, 2016

Never thought I'd hear @borkdog quoted in the Sunday sermon, but @monan_chuck looks everywhere for a lesson. #PVCC — Justin Acri (@JustinAcri7) July 17, 2016

Daniel’s Room

July 15, 2016

The sun crashed in on Daniel’s room pooled Scotch in his oubliette beat him hard about the eyes and thudded on his thin blanket. A ghost caressed my Daniel’s throat purpling his tissue skin. His cold tongue sought my Daniel’s …

‘There Is Another Kind of Violence, A Violence of Institutions’

July 14, 2016

July 12, 2016 by Staff This post first appeared on As we’ve reflected on the events of the past week, one of my colleagues came across this speech made by Robert F. Kennedy at the Cleveland City Club …

Letter From the Other Side: Return from a Traumatic Brain Injury

July 6, 2016

Note from the monkey: Tim Page is a wonderful music critic and writer whose work I’ve admired for a long time. I’ve been meaning to get around to reviewing the recently released Library of America volume Virgil Thomson: The State …

“Taylor Swift”

July 3, 2016

I ruined this track by squeaking my chair. But I still like it.