For the last few months, my oldest daughter has been
debating current events with her best friend. My wife and I have been witnesses to her burgeoning political and cultural
awareness, and it has taken me back to my own
We, as humans, live in a capitalist society dominated by a
perpetual quest for wealth, power and authority, and that authority
undoubtedly yields corruption, poor taste and, sometimes, bad people who
do bad things.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 1: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has long been a publicity hound,
enacting stupid and ineffective procedures like making inmates wear pink
and broil in the Arizona heat while doing their time. Today, in a bit
of role reversal, Arpaio was in court.
This year’s first human case of West Nile Virus in Ohio
has been found in an 85-year-old Clermont County man and arrived about a
month earlier than expected, thanks to an unseasonably dry, warm
summer. CINCINNATI -2
Lately, I’ve felt stuck in
this peculiar post-college limbo, one in which the novelty of thrusting
myself into this post-21 world of fledglings has granted me steady
access to a potion that makes social interactions almost effortless —
the never-failing social lubricant that is alcohol.
On Labor Day, 1994, I got a phone call from twin brother’s
friend in Seattle, Wash., where my twin, Jered, lived. This friend told
me that Jered was in a Swedish Hospital in serious condition. He also
told me Jered had AIDS. This was the first I’d heard about it.
I had hope that time would allow cooler heads to prevail
in the discussion of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy. By now, more than a
week has passed, but something feels different this time. Maybe it is more
personal because the attack took place at a movie theater and, being a
film critic, it struck too near to home for me.
How is this still even on the table in 2012? Why hasn’t unprotected sex among blacks — the population
with the highest HIV numbers — been more closely associated with
self-esteem, because you must not love yourself if you let someone push
When I rode into Denver
in the blazing summer of 1984, I befriended two native Coloradans in classes on
the Denver campus of the University of Colorado, the same campus once
attended by the orange-haired gunman accused in the midnight massacre of
12 people in a multiplex cinema in Aurora July 20 during a premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
the Frog today said he was just about sick of Chick-fil-A, and not just
because the food is gross. The Jim Henson Co. released a statement
saying that it will no longer partner with Chick-fil-A because of the
company’s non-inclusive policies.
We, as humans, really love getting compliments. Next to
free stuff, there are few things we appreciate more. Compliments make us
feel like we’re special or have done something smart, even if it’s as
simple as choosing an item from the fast-fashion store that ends up
earning praise from an acquaintance. “I like that shirt,” she says,
platonically. “Thanks, I got it at the mall,” we say, not at all