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Cargo Pants, Who Invented the Computer and Other Noteworthy Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

Cargo pants can be hazardous to your life. Once the go-to pants for men who don't carry purses -- cargo pants are a problem for a growing segment of boomers and geezers.

Albert Camus and Beyond: Conversations with Eric Andersen and Kerry Fenster, A Really Short Chat with Chris Janson, Plus Michael Kroll, David Nyro and Cave States Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.02.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Eric Andersen Mike Ragogna: Eric, what brought Albert Camus to your attention? Eric Andersen: Oliver Jordan a painter friend of m...

Lord Byron, Clarence Thomas, Trump and Other Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 03.25.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is the George H. W. Bush appointee who hasn't asked one single question in court since 2006. That's 10 years the man has just sat there -- mute, mum, silencio, clammed up, hushed, voiceless, unheard and zipped up.

Here Be Dragons: The "Sacred Terror" of the Alps of Switzerland

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.26.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The flocking of the Victorians to the Swiss Alps was not about growing crops, grazing animals, or extracting minerals. It was about observing, feeling, and articulating a personal response.

Damsels in Distress

George Heymont | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Much of the dramatic conflict in two recent Bay area productions was caused by the fallout from an arranged marriage that seemed destined to please a lot of people. Unfortunately, the bride was not one of them.

The Exceptionalism, Greatness and Immortality of Ancient Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.18.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

By the time of the Greek Revolution of 1821, Greece had gone through some four centuries of brutal Turkish military occupation. The effects of tyranny on Greece were catastrophic. The country was depopulated and in ruins.

9 Neat Facts About the World's First Computer Programmer, Ada Lovelace

Bobby Azarian | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Bobby Azarian

Lady Ada Lovelace was a remarkable scientist of unparalleled charm and allure. In 1833, Ada was highly intrigued with an idea for an "Analytical Engine" -- a mechanical calculating machine whose design predated the digital computer by over 100 years.

The Resistance Man: A Talk With Martin Walker

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affairs...

Songs That Matter: Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"Desolation Row" is over eleven minutes of anything, everything. For nearly fifty years, Bob Dylan's fans, critics, and writers have been trying to say what it's about. To me, it's a song I love to listen to, and one of the last great works of Modernism.

Wolf's Howl Still Echoes

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 03.19.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Roadside Oil Boom North Dakota's oil boom could be seen in this farmer's field on the Bakken Formation, one of hundreds I saw along with fires burnin...

A Fatal Likeness: Mary Shelley and Monsters

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.15.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Mary Shelley wrote the most famous monster story of all time, Frankenstein. Or did she really? That question is just one of the literary mysteries ex...

A Brief History of Western 'Jihadists'

Khaled Diab | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

What the hype over European Muslims fighting in Syria overlooks is that Westerners have been volunteering for what you can call "jihad" in foreign lands for centuries.

20-Year-Old Charles Eliasch Makes His Opera Debut at Carnegie Hall

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Xaque Gruber

While partying and having fun is a temptation for most 20-year-olds, Eliasch, who began vocal training at age thirteen, and recently graduated from New York's Mannes College of Music with a focus in voice will have his opera debut at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 31.

The Truth About Lying

Lisa Haisha | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Haisha

The fact is that not all lies are bad, and there really is a time to lie. I'd even go so far as to say that a little lying can be healthy. As Lord Byron once said, "What is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade."

This Valentine's Day, Learn to Recite Romantic-era Poetry on Cue

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Love poetry from other eras tries for elegant and understated. Romantic verse will do everything other poems cannot, and if you reject it, it will set itself on fire, because the pain of that will soothe in comparison to the agony of losing your heart forever.

The 10 Most Scandalous Gay Love Affairs

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

Same-sex love affairs certainly spike the scandal meter with the added layer of gay drama. Whether carried out by politicians, Hollywood stars or religious leaders, secret gay love affairs have shaken the dust right off history books for centuries.

10 Ways To Be A Literary Rogue (PHOTOS)

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

Way before musicians and actors cornered the market on misbehavior, writers were flooding hotel rooms and testing their livers' upper limits.

Thoughts for College Dropouts: Love, Part II

O'Brien Browne | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
O'Brien Browne

This is Part II of "Love," started on the 8th of last month. I didn't plan on a Part II because I thought this little blog should be pointed and pithy...

V Is for Vampire

Varla Ventura | Posted 04.15.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

I had no idea what I had stumbled upon when I began reading The Vampyre, initially attracted only by its title.

Percy Bysshe Shelley "On Life"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 03.10.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2012-01-09-pullquote.jpgThis essay, which is considered one of his most important prose works, was first penned sometime in late 1819 in the back of a small vellum-bound notebook.

Are We More Permissive With Cheating Men Than Women?

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 12.18.2011 | Divorce
Elizabeth Abbott

The double standard that inspired and facilitated Mistressdom is an impenetrable block to a parallel institution of Misterdom.

Why Women Should Take Lovers

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 11.19.2011 | Divorce
Elizabeth Abbott

In the 21st century, egalitarianism reigns -- or does it? Why, if a husband can have a mistress, can his wife not have a mister? Not just a "piece on the side," certainly not a gigolo, but a man with whom she shares a long-term, extramarital romantic and sexual relationship?

Charlie Sheen, Poet

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The interest in Charlie Sheen's otherworldly behavior has reached such a level that someone thinks she can make money off his poetry.

Poetic Viagra: Emily Dickinson's Friskiest Poems

Stephanie Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephanie Green

Here are some classic examples of Miss Dickinson's naughty but nice verses. Caution: Do not try reading these at home alone.

The Ten Best Love Poems Ever Written In Honor Of Valentine's Day 2011

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

Mindful of Paul Valery's painfully true contention that "Love is being stupid together," how about ten poems and ten paintings that celebrate the art of being stupid together? Come on, just this once.