Hello and welcome to Recommended Reading, the feature where we talk about books! In honor of October, and the impending election, I would like to recommend a book about clawing your way out of Hell to exact revenge on the people who sent you there: Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1), by San Fransiscan Richard Kadrey. […]
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This silly guy will be flying (in the cabin) soon. I need to get him a carrier. I don’t know anything about this. Help! The airline requirements are: For pets traveling in the cabin, hard-sided carriers must have maximum dimensions of 17″ x 11″ x 7.5″ (43 cm x 28 cm x 19 cm) and soft-sided […]
Yesterday, there were some polls–from NPR/Marist, NBC/WSJ, and Gallup–that had some folks here concerned. According to their data, over the last week, GOP approval has increased, as has GOP voter enthusiasm, to the point where both measures roughly equal the numbers for Democrats. These are real numbers, worthy of the same consideration we give any […]
Tonight on Balloon-Juice After Dark: Strong women! The Many Faces of Women Who Identify as Witches The witch is often understood as a mishmash of sometimes contradictory clichés: sexually forthright but psychologically mysterious; threatening and haggish but irresistibly seductive; a kooky believer in cultish mumbo-jumbo and a canny she-devil; a sophisticated holder of arcane spiritual […]
Unlike some people, I actually did just quit my job. As I stepped out to clear my head, what did I see but majestic deer and scampering lizards on a beautiful Bay Area September day? How’s your Monday going?
Or don’t; it’s up to you! But here’s a place to stretch out and relax, and maybe talk about something other than Judge Rapey McShitweasel, or the deep state conspiracy to keep Trump from incriminating himself/destroying an active investigation. In other words, let’s try to be like Samwise. Open thread!
And now, for some completely different things… Thing the first: The Times ran, I kid you not, a delightful obituary yesterday. Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94 Alan Abel, a professional hoaxer who for more than half a century gleefully hoodwinked the American public — not least of all by making […]