WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Bare trees

It’s starting to look like the live oaks in my area are dying. I’m no arborist, and I haven’t been able to nail down whether these trees typically turn yellow … Continue reading

September 21, 2022 · 9 Comments

This is not a rant; it’s an essay about words 😃

I love words. I’m a writer, so I love words. Words have meaning. Words have impact. Words have connotations, implications, derivations, conjugations, constructions, abstractions, and distinctions. Words can help or … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · 9 Comments

Mourn on the 4th of July

Over the holiday weekend I was thinking about the state of the nation, seeing as how it was the nation’s birthday and all—its 246th to be exact. I couldn’t think … Continue reading

July 5, 2022 · 15 Comments

Another dark day in 21st century America

Roe v. Wade is dead. Long live Roe v. Wade. Everyone knew this was coming, and not just because of the leaked draft in which Samuel Alito’s orgasm over the … Continue reading

June 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

He tried to tell us

George Carlin. I miss him. If you saw the excellent HBO documentary about him last week, you probably miss him too. We all do. I was lucky enough to see … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

A hard ode to Roe

Of course I have to say something about the Supreme Court’s apparent intention to strike down Roe v Wade. The first words that come to mind are “profound sadness.” Not … Continue reading

May 4, 2022 · 7 Comments

Kooks with nukes

Andrew M. Tanner says he’s a rogue systems analyst and author, and he’s written this provocative essay on how a nuclear war might actually play out if Russia pulls the … Continue reading

March 8, 2022 · 7 Comments

We are the whirled

I remember feeling anxious and not entirely prepared when I went to the Soviet Union in late 1977—I was 20. It wasn’t just that historic Russian mystique. The USSR and … Continue reading

March 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Destiny’s man-child

It feels like we’re living through an historic pivot point, doesn’t it? When Russia invaded Ukraine on tissue-thin false pretenses (the Jewish president is a Nazi?), Vladimir Putin knocked down … Continue reading

February 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

When is the 💩 ever NOT hitting the fan?

Everything that’s happening in the world right now, from Russia and Ukraine to the pandemic to global warming to book banning to tainted Olympics, can make a body feel like … Continue reading

February 25, 2022 · 8 Comments