If you know your Genesis 2:19, you know that, though God kept the rivers for himself, Adam’s first job was to find a name for every beast of the field and every fowl of the air. A thing may be merely corporeal, but it isn’t truly real until there’s a word for it. And so “there’s a word for that” is never an unwelcome phrase. It’s trivia that you always want to know. Take something like @#$%&?!!!, the string of symbols conventionally used in comic strips to denote unprintable…
One of the most vexing things about election year politics in the Bush era is that the only defensible stance is that Bush or his ilk must not win; it becomes impossible to criticize the opposition candidate without being accused of fifth columnism. And if that was true in 2000 and 2004, when the Democratic Party was offering up dull lumps like Al Gore1 and John Kerry, it’s likely that things are going to be especially fierce this year, now that the Democratic candidate actually possesses considerable appeal and charisma….
In which fhazel and c.libre hurtle themselves five years back into time to save the world.