Author Archives: Brian

Red Baraat!

These guys rock the Tiny Desk studio space!

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The Myth of the Violent, Dirty Mexican

In Quartz, Pablo Piccato goes on at some length, analyzing the ways in which fake President Trump perpetuates the myth of the violent Mexican. And while that’s all great, all you really need to do is trace the history of … Continue reading

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The Cult of Be Happy, Don’t Worry

The science of psychology, such as it is, is catching up with the intuitions of depth psychology and the probings of literary critical theory. Depression is about to have another day. A new book by Svend Brinkmann, a psychology professor at … Continue reading

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Japancakes

A cool band, Japancakes. This is their tune “Behind the Mountains,” from one of their many great albums, don’t ask me, I’m not the expert, but this song! It’s about Coeur d’Alene! Kinda. And, as is usual and great about … Continue reading

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today I quit smoking cigarettes. After 32 years of Camel no-rags, I met a woman who answered “yes” when I asked if smoking were a deal breaker. Granted, it was the first time I’d asked that question: is … Continue reading

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Zines, Clickbait, Surveillance, and the CIA

“Zines are accessible, often friendly to the reader and easy and cheap to make. If you have a printer and a spare few hours and some ideas, you can become a zine publisher just like anyone else,” writes Jonno Revanche in … Continue reading

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Retreat from a Rising Sea

Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey Columbia University Press What’s going with our planet’s climate is going to make the bursting of the real … Continue reading

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Michael Gulezian

“Mile High Country” performed by Michael Gulezian in Tucson in 2007. No shit, mile high! Damn, son, that’s some mighty handsome playing.

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What to Say to the Deplorables

I like what Bertrand Russell said to a fascist, a person he’d been corresponding with for quite a while. I have given some thought to our recent correspondence. It is always difficult to decide on how to respond to people … Continue reading

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Harry Manx Does an Irish Raga

Here’s Harry dang Manx covering Van Morrison, “Crazy Love.” “Dang” because I really want him to come to Spokane.

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