Category Archives: Social Issues

I Just Met the Bot I Could Text for the Rest of My Life

Actually, not “just.” This happened about a week and a half ago. I tried to share it on Facebook, but in that format the image came out all shrunken and horrible-looking, so I decided to post it here instead. I … Continue reading

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Racism, Linguistics, History and a Little Band Called “Me Chinese”

Sometimes you just can’t predict what takes over your social media feed. Here my local Greater New York City musician friends were, gearing up for the coming CMJ festival, booking shows and announcing dates, same as every October. But right … Continue reading

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I FIGURED OUT THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

I GOT it. FINALLY. It’s so SIMPLE. All of my problems are solved.

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Economic Indicators on the L

There’s this one guy who panhandles on the L train (and sometimes the 6), and if you ride the L at all, there’s a pretty good chance you’d recognize him and his pitch. He’s a younger guy, usually with shaggy … Continue reading

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A Little About Why I Never Made Eagle Scout

Today, following a nationwide vote of 1,400 Scout leaders, the Boy Scouts of America decided to open up Scouting to boys who happened to be gay. In a way, this is a bit of news I’d been waiting to hear … Continue reading

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Jason Molina and Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Envy Artists’ Lives

When a painter or sculptor or writer or musician or dancer or actor or whatever decides their life is going to be about their art, they often face this pervasive attitude in our society that suggests full-time artists have some … Continue reading

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