Al Filreis

Proof of concept

"The guy who invented the wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius." — Sid Caesar

Green party(ing) & the language of excess

Today's Times features an article about the pressures brought to bear on these mostly ridiculous big-time party designers — "event planners" who sometimes take six months to create a gatherin

Origins of McCarthyism (the word)

Recently I was asked about the precise origins of the word "McCarthyism." The correct answer to the question is that for a while (perhaps five or six years) the term was used by some as a term of commendation — a positive as well as, of course, for many if not most, a negative. Soon I remembered that Richard Rovere (in his book Senator Joe McCarthy) wrote a nice passage on this topic:

Flarfists fly flag

This week's "Poetry off the Shelf" podcast, produced by Curtis Fox for the Poetry Foundation, features