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getting off the spectrum

getting off the spectrum

it’s time we started thinking, talking and understanding differently the concept we have called autism for far too long. it has been talked about as a disease, a neurological difference, a spectrum and a gift. but it is none of those things and the name itself is both misleading and curious. autism from auto (self) is perhaps the root of all these issues. at this point, knowing far more than…

beauty

beauty

as usualbeauty eludes me completelyyet i taste itat the edge of my consciousnessand dream i am drinking itthough whether wine or hemlocki am still unsurewith its bittersweet pricklesagainst my skinand caressing tendernessi suspect is the preludeto proclamations of desirei will never return you walk on streetspopulated by menseeming as treesbut plundering your depthswith glances different only in their trapped rapelessnessfrom those of their mousterian precursorsyet your footsteps pausenot an instantas…

democracy has failed us

democracy has failed us

democracy doesn’t work. it never has and it is painfully incapable of functioning in a way that leads to a good society. perhaps a better one than other possibilities, at times. but not a good one because good from a moral and ethical standpoint is starkly opposed to collective desire and democracy is simply the practical representation of desire. but that’s a theoretical issue and there are dead children on…

linguistic overpopulation

linguistic overpopulation

english has too many pronouns. and that’s not even counting the silly made-up ones that seem to be floating around lately that i’m not going to focus on. if we look at just the subject-form pronouns in english, what do we have? first person, “i” and “we”. ok, that seems reasonable enough, one that’s only me and another for me and others. a good distinction to be able to make.…

the second amendment

the second amendment

i’m neither an american nor a constitutional scholar. but i am a language teacher specializing in culture and the development of contemporary language. and if that counts for nothing reading a document intended to be read by average people and understood by the masses as a guarantee of freedom, i’m not sure what better qualification would be. not that i care as i’m going to talk about it anyway and…

evil, not guns

evil, not guns

in the last few days, there has been an incredible increase in the amount of discussion of gun violence. of course, that’s not particularly surprising. people in the modern world jump from one hot-topic to another more quickly than changing their underwear. seriously. every day there is extreme outrage and emotional absurdity about something and the next it has been forgotten. not that i don’t think these issues are serious.…

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