As a sub-category of Culture, this category would be used for books I have read or other discussions related to literature.

Jan 052014
A Favorite Tales of The City Book-The Days of Anna Madrigal

Without any doubt, my favorite series of books is the “Tales of The City” series written by Armistead Maupin, and there’s about to be a new and final book, The Days of Anna Madrigal. Tales of the City is a series of novels, the first portions of which were published initially as a newspaper serial starting on August 8, 1974, in a Marin County newspaper, The Pacific Sun, picked up in 1976 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and later reworked into the series of books published by HarperCollins.

Aug 032008
Gray Court Apartments

The most recent book I’m “listening to” from my subscription is David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames. It’s a collection of essays on the banalities of life. I was listening to one of his essays this past week during a drive to St. Pete, and it stirred up some strong memories about one of the best places I lived for some years. In his essay, Sedaris talks about an experience he had living in a rooming house in Chapel Hill, NC when he was between attending school. This reminded me of living in Gray Court Apartments in Winston-Salem, NC.

Apr 212007

Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Culture Warriors in Action

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Oct 052006

The Denver Channel: An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job. The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee’s contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave. The teacher […]

Jesus is Not A Republican

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Jun 252006

Unfortunately, that’s a statement that will piss of a few people. It’s made by Randall Balmer, is a professor of American religious history at Barnard College. In an essay from his book, Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical’s Lament, Balmer talks about how, “The leaders of the religious right have led their sheep astray from the gospel of Jesus Christ to the false gospel of neoconservative ideology and into the maw of the Republican Party.”

The Dark Heart of Darth Cheney's Daughter

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May 052006

Mary Cheney “doesn’t have the luxury”? She has every luxury. If she wasn’t already, she’s now the poster child for those who just want those slightly icky gay people to keep their sex lives to themselves. You know — “Mary Cheney doesn’t throw it in our faces, why do you have to?” — as if demanding equality somehow equates to having sex in public.

Santorum and His – It Takes A Family

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Aug 042005

This morning I listened, as I always do, to NPR’s Morning Edition. They interviewed Sen Rick Santorum about his book, It Takes a Family. Clearly, the book’s title is a slam against Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village. I haven’t read his book, but according to what he said this morning, instead of slamming Hillary, it sounds as if he actually agrees.