Derbtown

The Tyranny of the Bookish

The Tyranny of the Bookish

It is now nearly a hundred years since H.G. Wells remarked in his book The...

Rude Remarks

Momus, God of Scorn

Momus, God of Scorn

I’m not interested in winning, but in thinking. I’d rather be perplexed than...

Cultural Caviar

I Have a (Wet) Dream …

I Have a (Wet) Dream …

May a lowly white Canadian like me take a little pride in my knowledge of...

News

The Week That Perished

The Week That Perished

The Week’s Most Frustrating, Irritating, and Aggravating Headlines FRANCE...

High Life

A Time for Tenacity

A Time for Tenacity

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of...

Rude Remarks

Houellebecq and Cassandra

Houellebecq and Cassandra

So Michel Houellebecq quit promoting his new book. Instead he’s hiding out...

Derbtown

Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

The age of Krapp.  There went another year swirling down the plughole—one of...

Cultural Caviar

Spanked by the Iron Lady

Spanked by the Iron Lady

Hey, did you hear that “Margaret Thatcher wanted to ban sex toys” when she was...

Trending

The Little Bomb That Couldn’t

The Little Bomb That Couldn’t

BREAKING NEWS!!!—A bomb may…or may not…have gone off near a Colorado Springs...

News

The Week That Perished

The Week That Perished

The Week’s Most Hateful, Fateful, and Ungrateful Headlines EXCEPT FOR THE SEVEN...

Derbtown

The Waters That Are Under the Earth

The Waters That Are Under the Earth

I recently spent some time making a table for my kitchen, with the assistance of a...

Rude Remarks

Good Advice, Bad Examples

Good Advice, Bad Examples

I can’t resist a writing style guide, especially one that promises to be lively....

Winning

Self-Made and Hyperwhite

Self-Made and Hyperwhite

Over the last half-century, enormous efforts have been expended by individuals to...

Hate Speech

The Human Impulse to Dehumanize

The Human Impulse to Dehumanize

British TV personality Katie Hopkins was born with a very unfortunate nose. Her...

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