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SKIN IN THE GAME: AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE IN BLACK AND WHITE

If you read *anything* by me this long, hot summer, read this: “Skin in the Game: An American Gothic in Black and White,” my essay on the murder of Trayvon Martin. It’s a polemic, it’s cultural criticism, it’s personal history, it’s Southern Gothic in the greasy faced, lynching-postcard mode, it’s the muck that came up […]

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GWEEKED!

  Zaniest. conversation. EVER. Mark Frauenfelder, the Dick Cavett of Nonlinear Talk and host of the Boing Boing podcast GWEEK, engaged me in the most deliriously free-associated, brain-ticklingly delightful interview I’ve ever conducted.   Keywords (for the time-starved): Bunuel’s recipe for the Platonic ideal of the martini, Norman Rockwell’s dark side, the horror of Disneyland […]

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HELP WANTED

Shameless Exploitation Dept.: I’ve Tweeted about the importance of paying writers. I’ve been twitted about *not* being able to pay photographers. Now, I’m doing The Bad Thing Again: advertising for UNPAID (but, I hasten to say, NOT unremunerated) labor. I’m looking for a detail-oriented, responsible transcriber, preferably a writer, grad student, or the like, to transcribe […]

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Dude Food for Thought: Josh Ozersky on Bacon as Transgression, Gender in the Kitchen, and Guy Fieri

Read the inaugural installation of “Mythologies,” my irregular series of interviews with cultural critics, at Thought Catalog. First up: food scribe and cultural historian Josh Ozersky, the Macaulay of offal, talking about food and gender: Playboy‘s role in changing men’s perceptions of food and cooking, the post-’70s shift in American attitudes about the unmanliness of […]

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A Digression About Digression

A mini-festo for the digressive essay: “But I Digress: On The Point Of Not Getting To The Point,” new, now, at Thought Catalog. The Shining, Stanley Kubrick. Copyright Stanley Kubrick; all rights reserved. Teaser: “The digression must wander off the point only to fulfill it,” Lopate insists; in contradistinction, the digressive essay makes a point […]

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ALL THE YOUNG DUDES: WHY GLAM ROCK MATTERS

LIVE, NOW: ALL THE YOUNG DUDES: WHY GLAM ROCK MATTERS [KINDLE SINGLE]. BOING BOING‘s inaugural Kindle title, and my latest. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Design/illustration: Mark Frauenfelder. © Mark Frauenfelder; all rights reserved. From the Amazon blurb: “All the Young Dudes,” glam rock’s rallying cry, turned 40 last year. David Bowie wrote it, but Mott […]

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Vitreous Humorist: Bunuel’s Last Laugh

“Thank God I’m an Atheist: Bunuel’s Last Laugh,” the second installment in my “Self-Help for Surrealists” series is live, on Thought Catalog, HERE. Nut graf: Buñuel is a philosopher — a moral philosopher, to be exact, albeit one who makes his case with gleeful, Surrealist savagery, using images dredged from the depths of the unconscious. […]

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ANGLOPHILIA MADE EASY: “ENGLAND, MY ENGLAND”

DOWNLOADABLE* NOW, at http://amzn.to/ZxSYPE, MY FIRST E-SINGLE, a longform essay called “England My England: Anglophilia Explained.” (It’s available at iBookstore, too, I’m told, and coming soon to B&N.) What do you get for your $2.99? Nearly 8,000 (!) words of brow-furrowing about why some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All […]

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Walk Lobster

Now, on BOING BOING: My essay on the mad poet Gerard de Nerval’s famous “lobster walk.” (The first in a series of ha-ha-only serious attempts at “Self-Help for Surrealists.”) Teaser: “Before Rimbaud, before the Surrealists, there was Nerval (1808 – 1855), living his life as if it were a lucid dream. Of course, it didn’t […]

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The Kraken Wakes: What Architeuthis is Trying to Tell Us

At Boing Boing, “The Kraken Wakes,” my belle-lettristic (yet exhaustively reported) science feature on the first-ever footage of Architeuthis, the giant squid, in its deep-sea element. Chromatophores flashing from iridescent silver-gold to gunmetal blue, the animal danced in the dark, an emissary from a sunless, starless void. … “The color was utterly different than any […]

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