Archive for the ‘Benedictions’ Category

The Arrangements

First dust in the air a dog yelping and circling its tail behind the fence A small house behind a chain-link fence a dog snapping at itself and then the dust along the ground rising Past a torn screen door half-open a woman in a sun hat and braces on both legs over worn coveralls […]

From 1994: The Future of Our Discontents

This essay appeared here and there on the Web in the mid-Nineties in slightly different versions — at one point it was even published in translation by an Italian Blade Runner fan site. There are things in it that I’d change if I were writing it today, but since the only point in re-jiggering the parts that […]

And Now, For Something Completely Different:

Brad DeLong at his finest. Proof positive that the talent’s out there:

Defaming Youth

He (or she) is a teacher (or an employer.) These kids today — I deal with a lot of them. No. Not this. Not again. They don’t like to work, and they don’t know anything. They can’t spell, they can’t add a column of figures. They can’t find France on a map, fer Chrissake. I […]

Discomforting the South

From Ta-Nehisi Coates, this eloquent re-statement of fundamental American principles still being trampled on by a legion of racist Dixie apologists. It should be read aloud from every pulpit in the nation. Re-light Frederick Douglass’s torch — here’s someone more than worthy to carry it forward. History is identity. When we erase the painful portions, […]

Eminently Good Sense

Listening to Noam Chomsky for the first time can be a little like discovering a new species of orchid sprouting in a Wal*Mart parking lot. We think we know where we are — everything looks and sounds the way it’s always looked and sounded — and then, suddenly, familiar perspectives seem to shift. It’s not […]

Saved from the American Conflagration

To be placed in a shrine impervious to Russell Pearce and his bilious followers…. The Declaration of Independence Except for the abused people referred to as …inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages…, and the people transported here against their will from their homes in Africa, and kept in cruel and abject bondage for […]

ACORN and the Roman Church: A Sermon on Hypocrisy

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the 42nd anniversary of his assassination This is a tough subject for an Easter morning, even if you aren’t religious. It isn’t that people haven’t done a lot of thinking about our unfortunate double standards, they have. It’s just that — to me at least — […]

A Dime-Store Apocalypse

Since anyone who’s wandered this far into Dogtown already knows that I’m less than optimistic about the future of the United States, and knows how I came to be that way, I don’t suppose it would do my arguments any harm to admit that I’m not as confident in them as it might seem — […]

Obama’s Speech in Cairo

It felt very strange, reading President Obama’s speech just two days after finishing my last post. Very strange, and — I don’t know how to put this without sounding like a sycophant — very inspiring. What he said desperately needed saying, and I have no doubt now that he means it. How could I, when […]