Category Archives: arts

A new meaning for ‘cancel culture’


‘Last week I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.’ I found Swamp Rabbit near my shack, at the frog pond, drinking a beer. “There’s no easy way to say this,” I said. “Philadelphia is closing. I think we’ve become … Continue reading

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Regarding a (fat orange) face in the crowd


“I think he’s done. Can I stick a fork in him now?” Swamp Rabbit was reacting to Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, OK, where he managed to fill only 6,200 of the arena’s 19,000 seats after bragging that his campaign … Continue reading

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Trump fans don’t fear the reaper


Andy Borowitz is usually good for a laugh, even when he writes about the vindictive imbecile who’s in charge of making sure the country survives the worldwide plague: No one could have seen the coronavirus pandemic coming except for people … Continue reading

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Daily briefings from the beast


Swamp Rabbit wore a surgical mask today when he went to the SuperFridge. To protect himself against COVID-19, he said, but I figured he just wanted to rob the joint without being identified. He brought ketchup and fish sticks back … Continue reading

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Dylan’s JFK song is dizzy, Miss Lizzie


Swamp Rabbit wanted to know what was the big deal about “Murder Most Foul,” the Bob Dylan song about the John F. Kennedy assassination that he wrote years ago but didn’t release until now, when the country’s mood is arguably … Continue reading

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An American ‘Parasite’? That’ll be the day.


I was urging Swamp Rabbit to go see the Academy Award-winning Parasite, a dark satire that should appeal to Bernie Sanders fans everywhere. He rolled his eyes and asked what a foreign-language movie directed by a guy named Bong Joon-ho … Continue reading

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The satire-proof president


I showed Swamp Rabbit a news story and noted that no one could write a more bat-shit funny satire of Donald Trump’s thought processes than Trump himself. We’ll have an economy based on wind. I never understood wind. You know, … Continue reading

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The endangered includes humans, too


Rick Wilson’s book Everything Trump Touches Dies came to mind yesterday when I read that the Endangered Species Act is in danger: New rules will allow the administration to reduce the amount of habitat set aside for wildlife and remove … Continue reading

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Oh, Baltimore!


I was trying to convince Swamp Rabbit that there was nothing new about Donald Trump’s style of racism, that Randy Newman sang about it long before Trump became president. I told him that Republican Richard Nixon, running for president in … Continue reading

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GoT’s political science lesson


The finale of Game of Thrones moved at a snail’s pace and was mostly anticlimactic, but it featured an amusing scene in which VIPs from the Seven Kingdoms gathered to choose a new ruler. The bookish Samwell Tarly argued that … Continue reading

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