What Would Kurt Vonnegut Say About the 2016 Election?

Or, When Did We Start Living in a Fictional Satire? I've compared recent events—and, in particular, this presidential election—to many things: Armageddon, Alien, every Batman story, and almost every '90s action movie. But there is one painful metaphor that I have not explored: the 2016 election appears to have been written by writer and satirist Kurt Vonnegut. I first …

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Found Poetry from Google Search Console

"Make it new," Ezra Pound famously said, a mantra which can be applied to any example of what is called found poetry. Examples of making it new can be found throughout history, both ancient and recent. Shakespeare lifted most of his narratives from existing stories; Marcel Duchamp put a urinal in an art museum; Ezra …

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If the Candidates were Horror Movie Characters: An Updated Guide to the 2016 Election

In a previous article, I discussed how presidential elections resemble the one-by-one elimination of astronauts at the hands of space monsters, and which specific science fiction character each candidate is. As it happens, we are farther into the campaign and the expendable characters have started to drop away. It also happens to be October, aka Horror Movie …

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Is Bernie Sanders the Ned Stark of the 2016 Election?

In a post published on this blog earlier today, I discussed why I "stopped feeling the Bern," i.e. why Bernie Sanders is a troubling, disappointed candidate, in my opinion. This is a follow-up, companion to that article. As I pondered Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, he began to remind me of another disappointing character: Lord Eddard "Ned" …

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Why I Stopped Feeling the Bern: Questions for Bernie Sanders on Violence and the Media

It's been no secret that Bernie Sanders has an unusual history (for an independent / socialist / Democrat/ whatever he is) when it comes to gun control. And people are starting to talk about it, including articles such as "The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs it a Conversation About Guns" on NPR, which does a good job …

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