A Note on the NFL

But for a shocking exposure to it last Thanksgiving, I haven’t watched the NFL on television for years as part of a deliberate decision to cut spectator sports entirely out of my life, finally. Football was the last to go. Objectively I love the game, even in its perverse aspects: its violence, its physical specialization,Continue reading “A Note on the NFL”

Saturday Sermon

No Exit (originally published on Dec 11, 2007)Now that all the groups have disappeared, and every tribe has dispersed, we know ourselves as isolated but similar to each other, and we have lost the desire to unite.—The Possibility of an Island, Michel Houellebecq Reality is the only word in the English language that should always comeContinue reading “Saturday Sermon”

Cadence Song

Me? I hope to go out singing, defiantly. Like DeNiro’s redneck Nemesis in Cape Fear, warbling in tongues as the rising tide consumes him. I want to play myself over this way, a segue between shows, until the dirty water fills my lungs. It’s not bravery, it’s denial; and denial gets a bad rap. DenialContinue reading “Cadence Song”


I confess I’ve never been overtaken entirely by passion. I’ve never given myself over unconditionally and without reservation to anything; neither joy nor grief, hate nor love. Likewise for any given idea; but this is just another way of saying the same thing, for the passions are ideas too. The purest ideas, confounding transposition intoContinue reading “Possession”

Sunday Sermonette

The Unanticipated Consequences of Unacknowledged Ambitions Let’s try to be precise then. The word “torture” does not appear in our orders… And those who explode bombs in public places, do they perhaps respect the law? … No, gentlemen, believe me, it is a vicious circle. And we could discuss the problem for hours without reachingContinue reading “Sunday Sermonette”

Sexual Perversity

Youth, beauty, strength: the criteria for physical love are exactly the same as those of Nazism. In short, I was in the shit.—Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island Sexual innocence has gone to market.In our liberated era, sexuality is increasingly valued, and modesty increasingly devalued (once was a person was a deviant if overlyContinue reading “Sexual Perversity”