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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Things That Were Cool But Weren't Are Now Cool But Aren't


Or, in other words: I used to enjoy bicycles, old-timey Swing music, Hanna-Barbera cartoons, fish tacos, slim-fit jeans, and a bunch of other dearly eclectic cultural whatever that, back during those oh-so-not Elysian high school years was definitively "Not Cool Bro."

But now? A mustachioed hipster gets them tattooed to their chesticles for the delight of a faux-mustachioed hipsterette who thinks eccentric is cool now. It's like watching Freaks & Geeks season 2: All Growned Up. Where John Francis Dailey's character is basically suicidal because James Franco tweets that he plays D&D (but can't tell us his character name or level), which magically grants him an orgy with Linda Cardellini and the entire model list of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition 2012.

I wonder if the irony of liking something when it wasn't cool and not so much when it is feels more like a kick in the balls or more like a shot in the dark.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ambivalence and Friendship


Been so long since I've written a post here that I almost forgot how to start! And it's strange how difficult starting can be -- whereas continuing is easy. Status-quo and all that. The difficulty for finishing is probably somewhere between starting and continuing, but I'm not sure where...

Anyways, so here's a blog-post!

It's not that exciting.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

I am not Trayvon Martin


I haven't written a post about the aftermath of Zimmerman's acquittal in his murder of Trayvon Martin. Readers know I have written somewhat extensively about the case. I did get caught up in the evidence, the facts, thinking that surely reasonable people would be able to clearly see what happened if they just paid attention, if they simply used their heads. It may sound naive, but I truly believed. I felt real hope that justice would prevail.

Well, I was wrong. Breaking news: people are stupid. So here I am, finally, to write my own reaction to the verdict.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Proselytizing


I've always had a combative response to proselytizing. Whether its been a suited-up group of Mormons knocking on my door at 6 AM with crisp button-downs and uncracked Bible spines -- or fundamentalist-infused Evangelicals condemning everyone in a 50 yard radius to fiery damnation while handing out business cards to their church.

It's because I'm Jewish. That's why it bothers me. Jews don't proselytize. We don't try to convert people. Why? Because fuck you, that's why. We've endured thousands of years of persecution, genocide, and diaspora simply for the sin of being "God's chosen people" ... and because we're good with money, or something like that.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: The Case Continues


While I don't feel it's necessary for me to go into much detail on this issue. I did want to issue a very quick update that...

I WAS RIGHT.

Obviously, of course, but it feels good to know that the evidence mounting against Zimmerman will ensure he spends his life behind bars. I'm talking falsified evidence, media bias, and attorney misconduct. That Zimmerman's attorneys dropped even the Stand Your Ground portion of their defense is perhaps the most hilariously horrible part; they don't even contend that Zimmerman was really justified under the effing story he concocted in the first place!

Justice may be blind and stupid, but even a broken clock can get it right twice a day.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What're Ya Talking 'Bout?


You're talking to me about what's wrong with this country? Talking about how it's all gone to hell, everything gone to shit. You're talking about how you hate your job, hate your wife, hate your kids, hate the goddamn television because it just pisses you off, doesn't show you anything you like. And, to top it all off... you've turned into a fat ass prick who yells in traffic, trying not to die of a heart attack on the I-580 East towards Holy Shit I'm Fifty and Bald.

No, I'll tell you what's wrong with this country:


Monday, April 29, 2013

Living with Myself



Important recent events: traveled to Israel on my birthright trip; got promoted to advocate at work; began playing computer games again; and make important relationship plans.

There's so much packed into each event, such that they're really not events so much as glorified epochs. I could live in those moments for years, just remembering the details... the poppy flowers in the Golan Heights. The Confederate flags plastered across high-ride trucks in Batesville. The hours spent grinding character levels on World of Warcraft. The anxiety over band and stone selection.

But amidst these times, I've still had to deal with the never-ending tiredness that seeps into my bones. The tiredness of pushing myself when all I want to do is sleep...

At such points, I turn back to writing as my outlet. My only outlet.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Late Night Poetry

As a tramp in a suit wears his tie affixed with rope
so do I craft a hangman's noose 'round these boondocks
posing as confidante and counselor
in courtrooms, conference rooms, backrooms
where tongues will wag
and speech be crafted legalese

I wonder what the days would be like
if I didn't have the night to recollect them on
probably they'd be endless and dull
boring into my eyes as my fingers now do in the dark
attempting to push away flash-backs

Those faces, those meek, poor, huddled masses yearning
for what? Not a shore, not a refuge
they want nothing but something
something, I wish I knew what
so I tell them corporate lies
well-practiced from overuse
well-oiled by bloodied coworkers
and they eat them up with a spork
catching the droplets with a calloused palm grip
smiling, "thank you sir, you're my savior"

Just call me Jesus

No wait, call me never
my name's not a prayer, my profession ain't exorcist
I don't do demons, I can barely handle my own
besides, I'm Jewish, so why don't we just eat bagels and call it even?

Meanwhile, you can keep dying
so I can stay employed
and we'll pretend this is a fine thing
for human beings to be doing

But before I go back to the shadows of my dingy hotel room
one thing, last thing, I promise this is the thing...
what was your name again?
I can only remember your number, for some reason
it must be because it matches my ancestor's Holocaust number

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thoughts and Sleep


These days my thoughts tend to ramble around inside my head like boulders in a fist-fight, knocking my skull, pressing up against the back of my eyes as if they could see through to what I see. Which is what? More of my own thoughts again. I seem to spend a lot of time in the company of my own thoughts. Just thinking.

It's not that I'm lonely or alone. It's just that I spend a lot of my time doing thing that require internal work more than external work -- I sit and write pretty much the whole workday. When I get home, I sit and I play games to relax. In the end, I'm always in front of a bright screen, thinking of what to write or what pixilated monster to kill with my imaginary warrior. It's a lot less sad than it sounds, I swear.

But back to these thoughts: I've been pondering Israel, the idiocy of my peers, the beauty of nature, what Judaism means to me, how to save/spend money, whether this client deserves an extra 30 minutes because their case is more sympathetic than the other 900 pending, and when the hell did my family disintegrate into pockets of nuclear bubbles? I dunno. I also think about the future, about traveling, about helping people, about writing The Next Great American Novel, about if I like the idea of getting into politics, and of exercising more.

It's strange inside my head. So much hope and passion is pressed up against so much sadness and pessimism.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Stating the Blogvious



On April 29th, 2008, I started this blog. Mostly because a girl I was crushing on convinced me to start blogging. That girl has since fallen by the wayside (and frankly, not missed) but still... I think I owe her a small "thank-you" for pushing me to begin what became probably one of the most influential endeavors in my life.

If I hadn't started this blog, I'd never have learned so much about race, gender, class, etc. I'd never have discovered so much music, never had an excuse to get my essays published, never grown as much as a writer, never found so much cool art. If I hadn't of started this blog, I'd never of met the love of my life and current girlfriend.

Sobering, right? Like stepping from cold water to cold air.

But these days, I hardly seem to have the energy to even shoot off a couple of lazy paragraphs. What with my work as a disability advocate, rekindling my love of computer games, traveling around the country/world, and hanging out with my girlfriend, I've been so busy it's a wonder I have time to change my socks, let alone complete one cyber-thought for the mouse-clicking masses.

Yet here we are. April 1st, 2013. My blog is soon to turn 5 years old. 5 years! And it is withering into a memory of a crazed youth already. So it goes, right?

Or perhaps I should take this up again? Perhaps I should return to the blogging I did so often. Write like I used to: about everything and anything under the dark blue moon. I make these grand, sweeping statements about this blog's future, but perhaps what I need is something not so grand. Maybe just something small. Just something for me.

Guess, we'll see.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year / Same Year


I notice my impetus to blog regularly has dwindled down over the past months. Why? I can't explain. Maybe it's my apathy to the constant drama of the blogosphere to which I was inevitably caught up in. Perhaps it was the cyclical flame wars and ideological circle-jerks by the ignorant, the bigoted, and the crazy. Either way, I'm sorry to say that there will come a point when this blog becomes another cyberspace ruin, just floating in the ether like so many of Jupiter's moon.