that’s what I’ve been telling people for fifty years!

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NOAM CHOMSKY HAD AN INTERVIEW sched­uled with Anand Girid­haradas for The.Ink web­site. While each in­ter­view promises the po­ten­tial of unique an­swers and even the pos­si­bility of new thoughts, de­pending on the in­ter­viewer, Chomsky pre­pared some notes to make cer­tain he men­tioned cer­tain points. So, Noam called me and said, “Neal, here is what I am preparing to say in my in­ter­view with Anand Girid­haradas: ‘The left po­si­tion is you rarely sup­port anyone. READ MORE

why I’ve been missing during the coronavirus pandemic

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLOG POSTS GONE, long time passing? The past few months have seen ab­solutely nothing posted on any of my blogs. This does not mean that I have not been busy. I just haven’t been busy pub­lishing things I wrote. At a time when more people are prob­ably reading things on the in­ternet that they never had time to even find be­fore, I have been silent. READ MORE

I just launched a new publication on medium all about elvis

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WE LAUNCHED our new pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. The ar­ti­cles within ad­dress pop­ular music, pri­marily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my fa­vorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my fa­vorite nov­elist), and my­self. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era. READ MORE

about the bleeding heart liberal petitions page on facebook

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I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. READ MORE

people love farts and can’t seem to get enough of them

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PEOPLE LOVE FARTS! Not, you know, en­during them. But they love hearing them and hearing about them: fart jokes will prob­ably be with us until Sheldon Coop­er’s dreams of our brains being moved to non-tissue bodies are re­al­ized. If someone turns their nose up at a fart joke, you’re prob­ably wasting your time in any kind of con­ver­sa­tion with that person. READ MORE