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Irrational Political Rage

I see anger from the left, and my friend sees it from the right. It's not really possible to say which is stronger. Read More »

Book Review: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Some books take on an importance that's hard to explain after the fact. Read More »

401K Plans, Upward Mobility, and Free Market Forces

OH NO! the individual is in charge! Read More »

California Politics Cut the Fat

Bustamante doesn't want to be insurance commissioner. He wants to be the Richard Simmons of the new millennium. Read More »

Book Review: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

I definitely underestimated this book. Read More »

TV Review: The Red Green Show

It’s a nice change to have a truly entertaining show that’s utterly clean. Comedy that’s not shocking? That takes talent. Read More »

Book Review: Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

"Lawrence maintained that it was his finest work." I can tell that it fishes deep into the spirit of the time. Read More »

Reflections on the LA Immigration Protests

Half a million people gathered to be heard on immigration. But King Kong is released on DVD this week! Read More »

Book Review: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Orwell gives exactly the sort of detail I would ask for if it were a friend of mine telling me their story over a drink. Read More »

Book Review: Walkin’ the Dog by Walter Mosley

A man, recently released from prison, struggles with crime and the things he knows. Read More »