Election 2016: Canada won't help you.

There's something about this moment in "A Tale of Two Cities," from season six of Mad Men, that has been wedged in my mind lately. Megan and Don are speaking on the telephone and watching the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She admonishes him for joking about the riots, and he retorts,… Continue reading Election 2016: Canada won't help you.

Men and Women and Status

Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon Broadsheet wrote a comment today about the results of a pair of surveys conducted by AskMen.com and Cosmopolitan magazine. Among what she calls a "some surprising, and surprisingly refreshing, findings about modern manhood" are some stats about what male and female respondents to these surveys regard as "the ultimate status symbol"… Continue reading Men and Women and Status

DMCA Takedown (or, "Blogger cut off my telephones")

Apparently somebody out there doesn't want you to hear this, the admittedly crappy mash-up I designed to demonstrate some similarities between M.I.A.'s "URAQT" and Lady Gaga's "Telephone". Although I've recently made a move to WordPress, my old posts are still available at Blogger -- and this morning, I received a DMCA takedown notice, indicating that… Continue reading DMCA Takedown (or, "Blogger cut off my telephones")

DMCA Takedown (or, “Blogger cut off my telephones”)

Apparently somebody out there doesn't want you to hear this, the admittedly crappy mash-up I designed to demonstrate some similarities between M.I.A.'s "URAQT" and Lady Gaga's "Telephone". Although I've recently made a move to WordPress, my old posts are still available at Blogger -- and this morning, I received a DMCA takedown notice, indicating that… Continue reading DMCA Takedown (or, “Blogger cut off my telephones”)

Leah McLaren makes me sad, but she doesn't make me depressed.

Leah McLaren writes this week that depression might not in fact be a disease: it might be a diagnosis manufactured to allow drug companies to sell more medications to more people. Her arguments are pretty standard among those who question influence of Big Pharma on diagnostic criteria. In [the view of Gary Greenberg, author of… Continue reading Leah McLaren makes me sad, but she doesn't make me depressed.

Leah McLaren makes me sad, but she doesn’t make me depressed.

Leah McLaren writes this week that depression might not in fact be a disease: it might be a diagnosis manufactured to allow drug companies to sell more medications to more people. Her arguments are pretty standard among those who question influence of Big Pharma on diagnostic criteria. In [the view of Gary Greenberg, author of… Continue reading Leah McLaren makes me sad, but she doesn’t make me depressed.