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A Half-Cocked History of ‘Shooting Blanks’

Women have historically gotten the shitty end of the fertility stick. It’s not just that we’ve mostly assumed that they’re to blame for any and…

Keep Fredo’s Name Out of Your Mouth

An interesting assumption on the far right of American politics is that the progressive left has any love for guys like Joe Biden, Bill Maher…

David Berman Could Never Be Forgotten — No Matter How Hard He Tried to Disappear

In an email a couple of months ago, the poet and musician David Berman wrote to me about the recent re-issue of his one and…

Dude. Bro. Chief. Bud. Where Do All These Guy Nicknames Come From?

My Little League coaches didn’t know what to do with me, a slightly effeminate boy completely unenthusiastic about balls hurled at my face. (Today, nothing…