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A Rally Without Reason

In case it’s not clear in my review of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, I did enjoy it. The event’s crowd control was nonexistent and the AV was inadequate, so my group opted to watch it from the … Continue reading

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Clowning Around in Government

I was originally just going to note on my blog how prescient my talk with Selena turn out to be, but I ran it by my editor at MIL and she was interested in seeing a polished write up. Below is what … Continue reading

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Sounds of ‘The Suburbs’

My blogroll-ed friend Ted Reinert badgered me into going to this show and I’m glad he did. I had seen the Arcade Fire and their awesome openers Spoon twice each and didn’t expect much from either this time around. Both … Continue reading

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The Q&A: Selena McMahan, Clown

I lived on the same dormitory floor as Selena during my freshman year of college. Although we didn’t see each other as much as we did when we lived on either side of the floor’s co-ed bathroom, we remained friendly … Continue reading

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The Odd Case of the Newseum

I hope this wasn’t lost in my critique: I really did enjoy the Newseum. But more as Disneyland for news junkies than as a museum. I do recommend it, with the caveats listed in the More Intelligent Life article. One … Continue reading

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Green is the new Gold

My editor chose not to feature the video that inspired this MIL post, so I’ve linked to it at the bottom. Environmentalism, sports, and art–what’s not to like? Leave any comments here. Despite having hosted the Winter Olympics twice before, … Continue reading

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How to Cripple the Capital

Just add snow—the more, the messier. A few wet, white flakes in the Washington metro area are all it takes to wash away the veneer of efficiency local politicians try to maintain. When faced with nearly 30 inches of snow, … Continue reading

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Keep Jazz Real

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2008 jazz fans were less numerous and much older than ever before.  Stuffy, stodgy jazz aficionados couldn’t figure out why. I explain. In his lament for the state of jazz, Terry … Continue reading

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Twilight of the Town Car?

This was originally a thoroughly well-researched pitch for a sidebar in Mother Jones‘ forthcoming Wall Street/Washington issue, due out in January. I made the first lineup but this narrative piece was dropped in favor of more facts and figures. Disappointing, but I’m glad … Continue reading

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A Story Requiring More Than 140 Characters

I originally wrote this for Hiar Learning without any intention of publishing it for a wider audience. But before I posted it I showed it to the editor of MIL, who decided to publish it–even though she described it as “self-indulgent.” … Continue reading

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