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"The Book of Jobs," a very long and very excellent article on Steve Jobs, by Maureen Tkacik.
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Shortly after moving into my first one-bedroom apartment, I made a rule. It is, indeed, my “First Commandment of Living Alone”: I am not allowed to push rice onto my fork with my pinky. If I want those last few grains, I must use a knife.
This credo has served me well. I have lived alone for almost 13 years, and throughout that time I have maintained, as closely as possible, the habits of someone who doesn’t.
Imagine that I had shrugged my shoulders, back in the spring of 1999, and said, “Ah, screw it. This apartment is my castle. I can use my pinky if I feel like it, and I can talk to myself like this if I feel like it, too.” What would have been the harm?
Motto: "Y'all mothafuckas is crazy!"
_ In the final week of January, 2011, I read an article in the New York Times titled, “Grief Could Join List of Disorders.” It said:
In a bitter skirmish over the definition of depression, a new report contends that a proposed change to the diagnosis would characterize grieving as a disorder and greatly increase the number of people treated for it.
That made me think: what other normal shit is now, like, fuckin’ crazy, bro!? So I came up with a list of other revised definitions for common disorders. The results: Eh.
First problem: that Times quote is long, yet it’s still not thorough enough to set up my game. The right quote should also say that this proposed change would appear in the new (fifth) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the book-to-beat in professional psychiatric diagnosis. Rather than try to squeeze in that long-ass title, I’d rather just toss “the D.S.M.” in brackets somewhere and assume that you—a savvy reader of broad interests now doing post-doctoral work at one of Switzerland’s finer particle accelerators—are familiar with the acronym.
Minnesota budget surplus essay for NPR: How to spend it?
Paper Machete essay: What's it like being a liberal Catholic in 2012? Audio/answer here.
And lastly, a homemade audio bit on the G8 and NATO summits coming to Chicago. It has to do with some rather... is "autocratic" the word?... severe new right-to-assembly regulations Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wanted to pass. Our august City Council, thankfully, gave him hell and he largely backed down. Don't worry. Satirists like me will keep an eye on this story.
I posted this last one on this blog last month, but later removed it because I was on the make. My plan was to get some high roller types with excess CA$H to pay me to record it in a professional studio. I figured if they knew I'd give the product away for free that would be less likely.
Two fans offer suggestions for new Comedy Central show, "Key & Peele."
I can't handle it. They started playing the radio in my office, and I have this disease where I can't not listen to music. If it a radio is on, I hear it even if I don't want to, no matter how softly it's playing. So, whenever that Adele song comes on, (hourly), I play this through my headphones. Loudly. It works.
Dennis O'Toole is an all-set cobra jet creepin' through the nighttime. He lives in Chicago.
If you need to reach me, dial:
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