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Whole Grains of Salt

ATELINE MARCH 29, 2004. It was bound to happen. It was bound to happen to me. After three and a half years of critical stagnation, or seven, if you count the ego-soaked swillibuster era—after compiling thousands and organizing hundreds of spewing streams of political, artistic, and theological treatise, essay, opinion, oddball blasphemy, jack wrong nonsense, half-baked curds and whey rolling up the sleeves of the duly infatuated—in a single absent-minded act of accidental shredding, the work that had filled my long gaps of inactivity has finally vanished. If I were more the conspiratorial flogstaff, I'd swear that old bean sprout...

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Judgement Furniture: Time Itself

Four score and seven years ago . . . an idea took root. These rather mundane but highly charged words have echoed across the American mindscape . . . Freedom's just another word for nothing else to do . . . n the evolution of man's flight from the biocriticisms of nature, only a few governments in the history of the modern world as we know it has ever been founded upon the premise that all men are created equal, and they have each according to its own nature, proved that embracing the convenient lie is a stronger impulse than...


Because I Am Not…

Because I am not a famous psychologistBecause I am not a suicidal maniac murdererBecause I am not an ambulance chaserBecause I am not a microphone handlerBecause I am not a serpent on the crossBecause I am not a nifty gynecologistBecause I am not a film at six and elevenBecause I am not a university cloneBecause I am not a fireman in suspendersBecause I am not an Indian ChiefBecause I am not an attorney bound by lawBecause I am not a politician of smilesBecause I am not a police officer’s dutyBecause I am not an actress in chainsBecause I am not...


In Our Own Words

OW DID I MISS this McCain ad, entitled Remote Control? As Filler wrote, "Effective. I know the tired Democrat response: "Republican fear tactics". The thing is both sides appeal to fear: Democrats want you to be afraid of losing your job, of not having enough money for food or health care. Republicans want you to be a afraid of terrorists and tyrannical regimes. One fear is out of our individual control, the other fear can be faced individually. We don't need a president to face our individual fears, but we need one to face the larger, existential fear. I'll let...


Catching My Breath In Wheeling

T'S BEEN A BUSY PAST FEW. Four weeks and counting of nothing short of pure conjuring—of wheedling the membership into deadlines, of cropping the phalanx of photos into something worth the pixel count, of materializing from sheer dust the hanging margins and well-hung text, and of course, of crunching, crunching, and did I say crunching the ancillary code on this spanking new website highlighting the 52 O Street Studios building where I am supposed to be painting like a freaking banshee, or at least like a Matt Sesow. Sad fact is I've done very little of that painting thing since...