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Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. Beats Off the Mob

When I was growing up, my great passion was comedy. Monty Python, National Lampoon, George...

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Goin’ Ape Over Racism!

Of all the bans I’ve drawn on Facebook (yes, I’ve been on a bit of a bender about this...

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The Graphomaniac

I won"€™t bother lying. I ran across the absurdly prolific blogger and novelist James La...

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The Straw Man Zone

If I could eradicate one sin from the world, I would free writers and journalists from our...

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Frank Fleming’s Superior Man

The Internet is great for finding free couches, but the news cycle to which it is prey"€...

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More People, More Nonsense

It's not often that a Salon writer produces a lit piece that doesn"€™t make me grunt wit...

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Science Fiction for the Fourth Generation

Here's a brilliant idea for an anthology: collect essays about the changing face of war an...

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Momus, God of Scorn

I’m not interested in winning, but in thinking. I’d rather be perplexed than r...

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Houellebecq and Cassandra

So Michel Houellebecq quit promoting his new book. Instead he's hiding out somewhere in th...

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Good Advice, Bad Examples

I can"€™t resist a writing style guide, especially one that promises to be lively. Steve...

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2014’s Top Abominations in Books and Journalism

You can blame the kids, the Internet, pus in the milk, IngSoc English professors, or Rital...

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Ceasefire

The rigged game of publishing is no less rotten today than on any other, but it's unnatura...

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Notre Dame, Paris

A Kinder, Gentler Colonialism

I"€™m still not sure why half of the French press members who still have enough couilles...

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Anomie en Masse

I love those sweet, fleeting moments of near-lucidity when the janitors at the mainstream ...