Nicholson Baker: The Long Tone

An affable rambler, Baker is loved and hated for taking nothing and turning it into novels. Is his newest nonfiction book, Substitute, an attempt to use his observational prowess for a more practical end? Nicholson Baker is one of the last people you’d expect to find on Twitter. Surprisingly, he tweets often (@nicholsonbaker8). Unsurprisingly, his…

Patriots Prediction

Quick post from everyone’s Uncle Doogs!! Aka One Aardvarks resident sports wizard. I’m saying the Pats pick up their 12th win with a score of 13-10. Gonna be a rock fight in those cold conditions! Let’s go TB12!!! Uncle Doogs. Out. 

Pip & Provis

Just about a year ago to the day, I created a Spotify playlist called Pip & Provis. In my vanity, I must write about it. Just kidding, of course, it’s not vanity that particularly motivates me to write about the playlist but rather that I consider it to be something important in my life. Like…

The Arab Spring: Why They Protested

The Arab Spring that began in late 2010 shocked the global community. Observers of the region could have explained the factors contributing to a generally frustrated and restless civilian population, but it is fair to claim that very few anticipated their true strength in number and their ability to mobilize on a mass scale against…

How Apartheid Fell Through Mandela’s Lens

Contrary to the complicated nature of the apartheid system imposed by the white minority South African government, the underlying principles that guided Nelson Mandela in his quest for freedom were actually quite simple. From a relatively early age, Mandela recognized the importance of language and how it contributed to his unconscious succumbing to the white…

Hitchens: Our Finest Contrarian

To be unfashionable is to be condemned to the friendless fringe. Identify as anything other than “feminist” (as if that word even means anything anymore), and prepare to be crucified. Criticize Hillary Clinton (our defeated “champion”) and prepare to be labelled a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe, etc. Bring up the hard facts and they will fall…

When My World Was Forever Changed

I was in fifth grade when my world was forever changed. My father told my brother and I, “Mommy and Daddy are going to get a divorce.” I’ll never forget the day. Ben and I cried so hard. It was awful. The explanation was even more hard to hear. “Mom and dad don’t love each…

Cabin Mornings

While on terminal leave, I told myself I was going to go to my Aunt Val’s log cabin in New Hampshire as often as I could. So far I’ve been here twice within two weeks, pretty damn good considering it usually takes me eight months and her visiting to get back up here. Each time…

Seven Years Time

An incredible amount of things have happened for me in the past seven years, as I am sure an equally incredible amount has happened to all of you. Seven years is no small amount of time, and an odd amount of time to bring up. I bring it up because January 2010 was when I…

In the Land of the Free

The United States of America. The most feared nation on earth. The greatest nation on earth. A nation built by immigrants. A nation without a national language. One nation under God. A nation full of atheists. A nation that gives its citizens unalienable rights. A nation with issues. A nation with people willing to make…