Jan 23, 2008

beyond here
Behold the Hack, the veteran newsman, wise beyond his years, a man who’s seen it all, twice.
        -- Mark Bowden

I have written this story twice. "Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint, not for money but for pizza" It's bad enough I can't remember the names of the 74 murders I've written about, but then there's this: Individual tragedies aren't unique.

I don't, emotionally, know what to do with that except to sort of curse and chuckle at the same time. Which is awful.

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Teen lives through suicide jump
He fell 47 floors. He lived.

Continental philosophy misunderstands total depravity
Jim Wallis' new book
The Amish, the gunman, & a culture of forgiveness
Zizek: Spare a thought for all those who cannot rejoice with us

Bill Grimm is a sinner, but what made him a sinner?
Writers' attraction to hacks
Chess is psychic murder
Sweeny Todd's spiral of blood
Creeley's voice
People who need movies go in the afternoon
There will be Blood: "a kind of social realist peyote vision."
The revolutionary who filmed his own murder
History of Katie Couric
Borges invented the Internet
Heidegger & the metaphysical sense of poetry
Rambo graffito
The story is true
"I don't want to see any movie based on anything true"
The cutting of Raymond Carver

Hillary & Barak & the presidency
Obama's Ebenezer sermon
Democrats could blow it again
'Above all attack, attack, attack -- never defend'

Feminists reflect on Roe vs. Wade
U.S. executions at 13-year-low
Does the news matter anymore?
The need for a Race Beat
Wendell Berry urges logging moratorium in Ky.
'America's first real serial killer'
Hunt for D.B. Cooper resumes

Modern science is increasingly detached from the empirical actuality of everyday life
Black hole blasting nearby galaxy
Google vs. Wikipedia
Is Google gonna buy the New York Times?

The consequences of creating desire
Friendship as spectatorship, identity as marketing
The story of a rabid kitten, softball & four state's health dept.s