Jul/Aug 2011

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Down the Plymouth Road

They got a room where they keep all the sorrow. It looks a lot like a salt barn in the northeast. In any case, it's very easy to get a pass to enter that room.

Stanley Jenkins


Birthers, Boomers, and Our Common Dirty Little Secret

I stopped opening those e-mails (actually they're of the shotgun type addressed to dozens of people at the same time) ever since I received one during the 2008 campaign in which an image of Barack Obama morphed so artfully into that of the devil, I felt shaken for days afterward by the sheer malevolence of it.

Thomas J. Hubschman