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Ghaddafi, Sheen and the Collective American Punishment. | March 6, 2011
What does Charlie Sheen have to do with civil war in Libya, the lasting legacy of Bush, payday loan centers in bad neighborhoods, France in the 1950s, and how the economic meltdown is all your fault? Click through to find out. J'accuse!

Random notes. | June 13, 2010
Today, short thoughts on a variety of subjects, including: My arts center's first literary event was a big success; I'm finally bicycling again for the first time in almost a year; why I thank God Facebook wasn't around when I was in college; how it is that Google killed the SEO industry; and why the growing American criticism about Israel is actually the best thing that could've ever happened to Judaism.

Time again for a little fortune-telling. | July 10, 2009
A reader asked me recently when I was going to do another journal entry on futurism; and that's all it took for me to sit down and write it. Today, detailed thoughts on what I think is coming in America's next "era" (25 to 75 years), "age" (marked by technological change), "period" (marked by philosophical change), and "epoch" (as in we're in the middle of the "Scientific" one right now).

The end of Bushism. Thank God. | November 9, 2008
I've been trying to write my "Obama Wins" entry this week, but have been having a hard time finding something unique to say about it all. So instead, this entry, on why Obama's victory was also a loud repudiation of Bush and his policies, and why I think he and his cronies are just as guilty of fascism as any Nazi in the 1930s was.

The suburbs. The horror. | August 14, 2008
A recent walk by an abandoned fast-food place in my neighborhood, plus thinking about a recent article in the New Republic that's been getting a lot of attention, gets me thinking of a nightmarish future world centered around half-abandoned, poor-filled suburbs. Click through for more.

Notes from the social contract which is society. | September 29, 2007
Some extended time alone this year has had my brain thinking in new directions; including the realization of just how fragile "society" is in the first place. Today, lots more thoughts concerning the subject, and how to be both horribly depressed and surprisingly optimistic about such a situation.

I created a new phrase: "Global Singular Disorder." | August 25, 2007
For those who don't know, my new role this summer as the owner of an arts center has had me ingesting massive amounts of user-created content around the world; and doing such a thing, I'm convinced, has started profoundly affecting the way I perceive the world itself, as well as my role within it. Today, lots more details on this enigmatic statement.

It's true -- Chicago 2007 is a Victorian science-fiction dream. | August 18, 2007
Yeah, I know I've been talking about this a lot this summer, but a recent bike ride got me thinking yet again about Chicago 150 years ago versus Chicago now, and how it was the persistent vision of many Victorian-Age citizens that created what we have here now. Today, yet MORE on the subject, and why I still believe in the power of these things to transform.

In which the westside parks bring up the age-old question: Are idiots born or made? | June 14, 2007
As regular readers know, earlier this week I went on a bicycle tour of the old West Side Park system here in Chicago, in preparation for a customized bike map I'm making on the subject. And man, was that an awful experience. Today, I explain why.

Dreaming of a green St. Louis. | May 19, 2007
For those who don't know, I've been doing a lot of bicycling lately, around to some of Chicago's historic parks; it's had me thinking a lot about the subject of urban renewal, the future of cities, and especially former Industrial-Age giants like St. Louis where I grew up, which are rapidly turning into ghost towns in this Information Age in which we now live. Today, some thoughts about what can possibly be done.

The Hussein Tape: Does this change everything? | January 3, 2007
Today, an examination of two questions that have been inspired this week by Saddam Hussein's execution video: first, will the video turn out to be the 'tipping point' of anti-war sentiment; and second, does this officially usher in the age of uncensored citizen-based global media?

Regarding 'Obamania' and the forgotten moderate majority. | December 15, 2006
O-bam-a! O-bam-a! The moderate liberal senator, and perhaps America's first black President, seems to be on the tips of everyone's tongues these days; but why? Today, my thoughts on the subject, and why this is arguably more a cry against fascism than support for an individual politician.

Do satirical geniuses necessarily have to be dicks? | March 28, 2006
I've been watching a lot of "South Park" for the first time recently, as regular readers know, and have discovered something remarkable - that on top of all the poop jokes, it also might be the smartest, angriest satire this side of Swift himself. But then Poppy Z. Brite reminded me of another thing, too - that Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the show's creators, are real dicks. Does one necessarily have to come with the other? Today, my thoughts. Plus: A new artist in France I recently stumbled across, because of BoingBoing.net, that you should check out too.

The future of the arts - an opposing viewpoint. | March 24, 2006
Well, no suprise here - my declaration on Wednesday, that most artistic non-profits will be dead in the next 30 years, has generated quite a bit of dissent from the non-profit community! Today, an extended essay by my friend Jude Baker, a profesional non-profit executive, arguing the points I made earlier this week.

More regarding "the conversation." | March 3, 2006
So how interesting is this? A week after proposing a "tag" system here for getting responses to me without commenting, I've stumbled across a group of hiphop DJs in Canada doing the same exact thing! Today, more thoughts on why this might just be the future of online conversation. Plus: Does Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers deserve to have a street named after him?; and won't some sexy little stranger out there help me decide if cybersex is worth the trouble?

Regarding the "magic middle." | February 17, 2006
Dave Sifri, owner of Technorati, has coined an amazing term at his blog this week: the "magic middle," those 150,000 bloggers around the world who have between 20 and a thousand links in Technorati's database. Today, some thoughts from me on how this supports the argument I've been making for years; that any single one of you can have the audience I do, and the influence I do, without too terribly much work at all. Plus: The deathclock officially begins for the paper journalism industry; and a science-fiction scenario which could possibly lead to Baghdad eventually becoming the new world center for intellectual thought. It's not as ludicrous as it might sound at first.

More regarding Germany and nationalism. | January 25, 2006
Yesterday's news about the new "Du Bist Deutschland" public-relations campaign prompted a thought from me - "Should we really be encouraging Germans to be proud of their country again in the first place?" Today, why I don't mean this as an insult, but rather as a compliment!

Random notes. | December 21, 2005
Some short notes about random topics today, including: Dude, the Christian Underground is so hardcore!; a possible new way of thinking about coffeehouses; some thoughts on the recent woes Six Apart has been going through; a call for John McCain to run for President again; I've been getting into Robert Scoble recently; and a few thoughts about changing careers in your thirties.

More on what exactly terrorism is. | July 8, 2005
Today, a few thoughts on what exactly I think terrorism is, inspired by the recent London train bombings. As you'll see, I consider it a vastly more complicated thing than either Bush or Blair care to admit; and as long as most of us are thinking of it in this simple way that they do, nothing's ever going to get better.

What the Irish can teach us about George W. Bush. | July 6, 2005
It's becoming more and more frustrating to be a free-thinking, liberal American every day, it seems, and my bitterness about it all came to a boil on "Independence" Day a couple of days ago. Today, a few thoughts on how Frank McCourt's book "Angela's Ashes" can teach us all to calm down a little.

[story] Lewinsky | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Lewinsky," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Ballad of the battles lost | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Ballad of the battles lost," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."