Entries Tagged as 'Personal'

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Gigatrend Friedman Moist Over “Sharing Economy” @tomfriendman @airbnb

NY Times columnist Thomas A. Friedman, the gigatrend entrepreneur de jour, recently got his panties moist excited about the “sharing economy.” Services like taxi Uber or shelter Airbnb, Friedman breathlessly prophesies, are “burying the past with the future, and actually bringing strangers together.” The millenarian Friedman declares Airbnb to be the anodyne to the world’s bad […]

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Lucy Ann McVey Long (1928-2012)

Several years ago, I suppose we first knew that something was wrong when Mom’s phone conversations became unusually short before she quickly handed the phone over to Dad. A short telephone conversation with Lucy seemed unimaginable. Legendary as talkative, garrulous, voluble, loquacious, Mom had a tea named after her, according to a friend of mine: […]

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Ya Gotta Eat: Fast Food, Slow Justice

My first foray into gay activism occurred in 1976 while I was at the University of Illinois, and a group of us from the Gay Student Alliance met with the management of the local Sambo’s Restaurant, the only place open after the bars closed. After spending several hours twirling, twinkies, drag queens and our retinues […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

In the Bleak Midwinter

With the arrival of the solstice, winter is here. Some pics I took at my home this weekend, reminded my friend and fellow vocalist Bill Hunter (of Schola Cantorum) of Christina Rossetti’s poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which begins: In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a […]

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Sex: It’s Not What You Think

I’m thinking about sex. (I know; you’re shocked.) But it’s not what you think. I’m often amused (and often more than a little bemused) about sex. About how sex is usually not about sex. And about how sex is often configured in some communities in seemingly contradictory (or to be more polite, “paradoxical”) ways. Margaret […]

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Resolutions for 2008

Americans as diverse as Jonathan Edwards (famous to lit students for his 18th-century sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”) and Benjamin Franklin (famous for just about everything except sermons) wrote and kept track of resolutions, seeking to conform their deeds to their ideals, so why should I be different? Less email, more […]