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Violence Against Violence

For the past several years, I have been a pacifist, abjuring all violence now and forever. Violence in some form was always a part of my life. I had a kind of rough and tumble, Mark Twain-esque childhood that included running around the neighborhood largely unsupervised and more boyhood fistfights than I could count. This […]

Caliban

Complexity and especially ambiguity are what make Shakespeare, Shakespeare. The Bard has many strengths: the grace of his verse and the ease with which he coined the perfect phrase or word, the ability to make esoteric and highly specific situations universally understandable, the prolific speed with which he wrote powerful and enduring plays, and the […]

Morrissey is God

For the better part of a decade, I’ve been baffled by Morrissey. Not necessarily by his music, which is pretty straightforward, but by his cult following. To say that the English singer/songwriter has a cult following is not necessarily an understatement as it is an exceptionally literal statement. If you’re unfamiliar with Morrissey, I’m incredibly […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2012

This marks the fourth year that I’ve done a roundup of my New Year’s Resolutions at the end of the year to see how my determination and dedication paid off. The longer I do this, the better I think it is to make many resolutions instead of one, and to check back on yourself at […]