Author Archives: treeoftalking

Faith Supremacy

The comic book series Preacher asked many years back why exactly it was that white supremacists were the poorest exemplars of the ostensibly superior white race. Watching those tiki-bearing imbeciles march upon Charlottesville, I couldn’t help wondering where the superior members of this white race were, exactly. I mean, one of the first marchers publicly identified […]

Life in the Comments Section

I am not a librarian, but I work in a library, so sometimes I get to do librarian-type things. For example, the system for which I work has had a number of its branches undergoing renovation of late. Renovation often means the expansion of book collections, which means the building and shifting of shelves, which […]

Paradoxes

It occurs to me that there is an interesting underlying paradox in the political divide in this country: Those people with the greatest collective worldview are likely to have the most individualistic lives, while those people who stress individualism above all likely have the most collective social environments. Let’s start with what passes for a […]

Killing Time in Arkansas

So, as you probably know, my home state has been rushing to carry out eight executions within 240 hours, starting today. I’m not going to rehash all the fine arguments against the death penalty here. Instead, I have just a few observations to share: This being Easter Monday, much of the rhetoric surrounding the oncoming […]

Neoliberalism and Concealed Carry Laws

In case you missed the news among the ongoing scandal that is the Trump regime and the terror attack in London, Asa Hutchinson, governor of Arkansas, recently signed into law a bill that allows the carrying of concealed guns onto college campuses and into bars and churches. The ostensible goal is to have a larger […]

Issues of Epistemology

Here lately, I have been pondering issues of epistemology. Not too hard to figure out why—after all, we live in a world where large numbers of people believe that a female presidential candidate headed up an organized pedophile ring in the basement of a pizza parlor that has no basement. So I have been exploring […]

Resistance Is Utile, Part 2: Join!

Since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been revisiting the novels of John Le Carre, well known for producing genuinely literary works within the spy novel genre. It seems to me that there are three phases to his work. In his earlier novels, he treats spying as a game. That is to say, he refuses […]