Author Archives: humanizingthevacuum

How does it feel?

If the owner’s account holds up, I admire how she covered her legal ass while keeping the moral high ground: Several Red Hen employees were gay, [the owner] said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Toto’s ‘Rosanna’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The GOP war on the poor, part 44557

While y’all tittered about Melania Trump and her Coat of Smarm, the House reminded Americans that Paul Ryan and his GOP caucus despise the poor. Although putatively a “farm bill,” it’s a cruel piece of legislation written to exact work … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Marcy Playground’s ‘Sex and Candy’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The legacy of Charles Krauthammer

Wrong about Barack Obama. Wrong about “identity politics.” Wrong, most infamously and disgustingly, about Iraq. Men and women are dead because of Charles Krauthammer’s columns. They’re dead because Very Serious People in the Bush II White House read his bellicose … Continue reading

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Hiding behind craft: Dierks Bentley, serpentwithfeet, Neko Case, Courtney Barnett

Dierks Bentley – The Mountain This gorgeous bundle of hay has released one sturdy country album every couple years since Bush II commanded the American empire.

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The albums of my life: the best of the 2010s

And here are the seven years of my latest decade, in which I love few things on replay like I do my 2012 and 2015 albums. 2010: Taylor Swift – Speak Now 2011: DJ Quik – The Book of David … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: The Moody Blues’s ‘Nights in White Satin’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the 1970s

Had I been born earlier, I’d have brought the funk. 1974: Roxy Music – Country Life 1975: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Zuma 1976: Joni Mitchell – Hejira 1977: David Bowie – Low 1978: Blondie – Parallel Lines 1979: … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Five for Fighting’s ‘Superman (It’s Not Easy)’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Go ahead, deplore the deplorables

If I were a Democratic strategist, I would spare no expense to persuade these Orlando retirees to vote for Bill Nelson this fall:

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The albums of my life: the 2000s

In the new millennium I heard past my provincial post-white tastes, helped muchly by fire sharing, illegal and otherwise. With the exception of 2000’s chart topper, every one of these I put atop my year end lists, including 2002, my … Continue reading

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