Anti-Grooming Grooming

Is there a bigger insult nowadays than “Florida man”?

Here’s a peek at Florida’s Anti-Woke banned book list. A couple of them make sense considering Republicans should be terrified their constituents might read “1984.” You might notice that few classic novels are on this list and those that are present are decidedly for younger readers. Of course, that makes sense; at least for now this book banning is purportedly to save our children from evil (or was it to save them from thinking for themselves?).

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The Kraken Wakes

In the 1950s movie monsters and alien destruction more often represented the horrors of international politics than the fear depicted on the surface. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is perhaps the most cited example of this: the metaphor being the replacement of real Americans by communist pod creatures without self-will or a yearning to be free.

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Here Comes Michael

IMG_6048Back in the fifties and sixties Michael was a very popular name for boys. Generally the very unscientific analysis of boys named Michael suggested either boys that were always getting into trouble or, later on, boys that whined a lot. My own experience with boys named Michael is a boy who grew up somewhat uneventful and now demonstrates his rebelliousness quietly reading Ezra Pound and Allen Ginsberg.

But almost without warning a new Michael is rapidly growing in the Gulf and heading right for my house.

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