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Occupying Grammar

November 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Serve and protect are noble words, suggesting nurturance and safety. They make me think of a good Mommy, or perhaps an excellent babysitter. However, as a motto, these two verbs exist in a kind of linguistic vacuum: They are profoundly ambiguous. Are they infinitives or commands? Ideals or marching orders? Further, both verbs are transitive. […]

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Tags: It's about time!

We don’t need no stinkin’ books…or do we?

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Feb. 17 UPDATE- The Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Board put off a vote on any of four proposals under consideration for the library system’s future. Two of the proposals called for closing multiple library branches. However, after hearing public testimony at its Feb. 14 meeting, the board instead directed a subcommittee to come up […]

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Tags: American Grotesque · Op-ed

The Legacy of Torture: What would Main Street do?

May 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

There is heated debate in Washington these days over what to do about our country’s recent unsavory dabbling in torture as an information-gathering strategy. As with many other instances during the George W. Bush administration in which legitimate duties of government (such as statesmanship) became conflated with and ultimately displaced by punishment, pure and simple, […]

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Tags: American Grotesque · It's about time!