Despite John Wayne, Tuberculosis Is Still Around

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 10:30 am

Tuberculosis is still around and not just in in India, China, and Russia which have over 50% of the world’s cases of TB; or in the developing world where drug-resistant TB is a looming public health disaster.

 

Paul Addis and Burning Man: KDVS Radio Interview, pt 1

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 12:20 pm

On November 16, Richard Estes interviewed me on his KDVS program Speaking In Tongues about Burning Man and the recent suicide of Paul Addis. Burning Man centers around an annual festival in a temporary desert city that surrounds a human effigy. This effigy is ritually burned on Saturday night of the week-long event, but Addis was jailed for setting fire to it on the Monday before its scheduled destruction.

Recognition Through Violence

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 9:30 am

I don’t want to dismiss the extreme nature of shooter James Holmes’ obvious mental illness. Like psychiatrists say about Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, Holmes might suffer from schizotypal personality disorder. Certainly he suffers from serious disturbances.

I do, though, want to make two additional points: 1) Recognition through violence is a common theme in American culture; 2) In the age of Facebook, Twitter and reality television, everyone seems to have access to a significant audience, but the recognition it brings is, usually, an illusion. When everyone’s a star, no on is a star.

Michele Bachmann Busted By Her Own Mom

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 6:01 pm

Michele Bachmann tries to use her family as an excuse for showing up late, and her own mother refuses to cover for her. Awesome.

The Blood of Eden

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 9:23 am

So many American bodies are sprayed with blood, their own, their lover’s, their mother’s and father’s, their brother’s and sister’s. Oh we are so certain of our innocence, but we are a nation tattooed in crimson, eyes to belly, with Jackson Pollock’s The Deep

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