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because of jessica wildfire, I found martin rowson

JESSICA WILDFIRE IS BECOMING one of my fa­vorite jour­nal­ists. She de­scribes her­self as an “un­flu­encer,” which I as­sume is a play on those odd crea­tures of so­cial media known as “in­flu­encers.” She is also a top writer in gov­ern­ment, health, pol­i­tics, cul­ture, and life on Medium. And be­cause of her, if rather in­di­rectly, I dis­cov­ered the art­work of Martin Rowson.

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psychedelic mushrooms and the origins of santa claus

THE IMAGE OF SANTA CLAUS in a sleigh pulled by flying rein­deer that al­lows him to visit bil­lions of house­holds around the globe in a single night is usu­ally taken for granted. It is so much a part of “tra­di­tional” western pop cul­ture that San­ta’s origins—especially the mag­ical parts—are rarely con­sid­ered by most people. [Continue reading]

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patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

I DON’T FOLLOW EDITORIAL CARTOONING, al­though I cer­tainly ap­pre­ciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many bril­liant in­di­vid­uals who com­bine po­lit­ical and so­cial in­sight with in­tel­li­gence and with along with the ability to draw! While I have paid a cer­tain amount of at­ten­tion to avid Horsey, part of that is be­cause he is so well known here in the Pa­cific Northwest. [Continue reading]

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we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the nation.” [Continue reading]

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michael sowa is composed surreally cryptic

WHILE I WAS PLAYING with themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and ex­pla­na­tion for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this sur­re­ally cryptic painting by Michael Sowa and used it as the page’s fea­tured image. [Continue reading]