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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Give Up

When Tim Pawlenty, a state Governor and viable candidate for US President says apologetically to Jon Stewart, comedian and TV personality, at the end of their subtly contentious interview, "your brain is too complex" ---- I know that we're doomed.

Watch the interview. At first I thought Pawlenty was being evasive and obtuse, but after that last comment, I think perhaps he really just doesn't understand what the hell is going on. And that --- for him, for us, for the people of Minnesota --- is a tragedy. The inability to dissociate content from context, to extrapolate from the specific to the general, the overarching lack of all the intellectual skills one would expect from a leader --- or a salesman, even --- is astonishing for someone at his level.

And again, I wonder: why must we now look almost solely to our satirists for rational responses to our condition?

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Incredibly Cool

Literally: an orchestra made of glacier ice.

And in an effort to not have my head explode with the inability of so many right now to understand the ramifications of their words, I will say little on the tragedy in Tucson; only that one of the choices we face when given liberty, and freedom, and the right to free speech, is to choose our words wisely, or else discover what evil hides in the corners of our world in which we care not to look.