Surfing the Ground Beneath Our Feet

This is a preview for a new series will be a Substack exclusive, so click here to sign up now. A fortress once stood upon a stately hill just ahead of an ancient glacier, frozen in its tracks. The ice did not intrude into the valley below the fortress. The …

The Great Flappening

This is the latest post in my New Year’s Series. While it can be understood on its own, it assumes a certain amount of familiarity with the background material built up over the last few years. You can find last year’s post, which recaps a lot of this material, here: …

Guides to The Great Unraveling

Those of you who follow my series The Unfolding World (often these are New Year’s Posts) will know that I’ve been talking in big terms about What Comes Next for the US and the world. I’ve said we’d better hold our nerve and that, if we do, we’re going to …

The World’s Oldest Honorable Profession

My apologies to regular readers who come around here for the creativity and not the politics. Please skip this post if you are not interested in a powerfully worded opinion. Buckets of digital ink have already been spilt online over the debacle of FOTSA and SESTA and the seizure of …

The Era of the Jackpot

Note: This is my annual New Year’s post where I think out loud about the trendlines of history and what the future might hold. It touches on economics, geopolitics, war, and history. If these things don’t interest you, move along now before things get interesting–or, uninteresting, as the case may …

Still Dreaming

This morning, I woke up to snow and everything that comes with it: Icy roads, changing plans, deep-bone aches from the cold…  and wonder. When you don’t grow up in the stuff, it doesn’t matter how many times the snow ruins your day, it’s still magical. So, after running Trixie …

Review: Sex, Lies, and Statistics by Brooke Magnanti

I originally wrote this review in 2013 for the UK release of the book in question. I am re-posting it here, because the book has now been issued in the United States. The American title is Sex, Lies, and Statistics while the British issue was called The Sex Myth. Having …

Book 1? Check (Antithesis/Kabrakan Day 475)

One Down. Five to go. And hot damn does it feel good to say that. I must apologize for my delinquency–I utterly failed in my journalistic duty to document the progress of this book over the last month, when I have actually been writing every day. I found myself over-scheduled, …

Blogging Kabrakan/Antithesis, Day 431-433

Hello and greetings and updates from the road! Growing up in the San Francisco area, I learned to hate humidity. Going to the east coast or the south or the midwest meant growing a set of gills. How things change! After two years on the Oregon coast, now that I’m …