Monthly Archive: July, 2015

CCLaP Fridays: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech, by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark

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This week I review a dictionary of political speak, a primer for what passes as political discourse in this country.

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The Spirits of Milwaukee: Great Lakes Distillery and Central Standard Craft Distillery

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Milwaukee has become a foodie haven and is known for its food and beverages. Milwaukee is home to not only beer but spirits. And really good spirits at that.

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Twenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic, by Octave Mirbeau @ NYJB

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What’s the best cure for a man who hates the mountains? Send him to the mountains. What’s the best cure for a misanthrope? Send him to live with other people. Thus begins “Twenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic” by Octave Mirbeau (1848–1917).

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The Donna Kossy Interview

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As part of American Odd, my new themed essay series over at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, I wrote an essay on the cult classic book Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief, by Donna Kossy. In this interview, Donna Kossy and I discuss Kooks, kooks, and the educational importance of strange belief systems.

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American Odd: The Manson File, by Nikolas Schreck

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I continue my CCLaP essay series “American Odd” with “The Manson File,” by Nikolas Schreck, an anthology of poetry, prose, and art by Charles Manson.

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