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Wrong Is All Right

My father was a man who was never wrong. Growing up in that kind of shadow was a strange thing. Life, after all, was not all sweet pears and cheese platters. There were hard times. Conflicts, fights, bitterness, and loss. Every life has those. But if he was never wrong, then who was? Ah, long […]

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Respect, basically.

Many years ago, long before I met my wife, not long before my grandmother died, she asked me, “Luka, just tell me this, do you and your girlfriend respect each other?” I bent the truth and replied, “Yes, of course we do.” My grandmother nodded, “Good. Good. So long as there’s respect, everything turns out […]

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The Cathedral of Our Times

I’ve wanted to write this article for many months, but in the dazzling clarity of twenty-twenty, I can put it off no longer. Australia is aflame. The Usanian president has assassinated a foreign statesman and killed several unfortunately bystanding “collaterate damages.” The world is burning and climate catastrophe deniers have resorted to open murder, to […]

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Talking Online: The Park and the Dark Forest

One of the fondest memories of my childhood is my mother teaching me to draw. I was three years old or so and I loved trucks because they had lots of wheels bigger than myself. My mother taught me to draw a squarish shape for the tractor cab, a line for the coupling, another rectangular […]

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29 The Ungamed Life

I learned the alphabet and how to read when I was three years old with a computer game. I had to match pictures and letters to the angular marks on the stubby rubber keys of the ZX Spectrum 8-bit personal home computer that my father brought home to Yugoslavia from a business trip to London. […]

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Art Life

22 Story day

Today is the first of November. Today is the day of the dead. The day of the dead is a good day for telling stories. Yesterday I completed the #inktober challenge. Every day, I drew and inked a panel. I wrote 31 words in September to serve as prompts and every day I chose a […]

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Life

14 The Unbearable Pleasure of the Crappy Company

This is a paean to the shitty enterprise. You know the sort. The ones with 3.1 stars on Glassdoor. The reviews that sniffle how “you learn a lot.” The owners whose visions never translate into strategy, which never gels with execution, that never fails too miserably to kill the damned thing off. They come in […]