In another of the Prog’s historic literary interviews, the lunkheads sit down with a cartoonist by the name of Alison Bechdel, “author of the legendary comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For,” where Alison strikes a melancholy note before popping off to her latest gig as a nocturnal dishwasher:
Q: Dykes to Watch Out For was often highly political. In addition to featuring a cast of lesbian characters (which was political in itself), those characters frequently discussed the issues of the day. I recall a good deal of criticism of the George W. Bush Administration. Since then, you’ve shifted toward intensely introspective work. Are you burned out on politics? Have you traded overt commentary for a more ‘personal is political’ approach?
Bechdel: Yes, I feel like I have. I also feel like something did get burnt out in me, something very deep during the Bush Administration. I stopped my comic strip in the spring of 2008, just before the election season, and I feel like George Bush killed Dykes to Watch Out For.
Q: That’s sad!
On the blog of the ineffable Nation, Ms. Aura Bogada pens “An Open Letter: How I Failed Chelsea Manning” shortly before mounting her garbage truck and taking off for another day of toil:
Dear Chelsea [sic],
I lost count of how many times I read your brilliant statement yesterday, a statement that illustrates your conviction for justice, and one that now places you with some of the most radical thinkers in history. I can read any single sentence from it and examine it with awe—and as a fellow writer, I can attest to how hard that is to do [sic]. Yet perhaps I’m writing accolades to you in order to distract myself from what is much harder for me to write, and to admit: I failed you, Chelsea Manning . I should have paid much better attention to you and your trial. I could lie and tell you that I didn’t have time, but it’s simply not true. I failed you because I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the many charges levied against you. I failed you because….In your statement yesterday, you referenced the Declaration of Independence—only to improve upon it….”
(August 22, 2013)
The esteemed Joe Klein, one of the Clintons’ tireless Episodic Apologists, still gibbering for Hillary who is once again the Inevitable Presidential Nominee:
Much of the political and almost all the smug Democrats who populate the world that Leibovich describes in This Town have anointed Hillary Clinton as the party’s next nominee and, given the morbid state of the Republican Party, probably the next President. She is certainly the best-qualified politician to run for President in many a moon….
My guess is that Clinton will have to emerge from her comfort zone—the succor provided by her friends and sycophants and favored advisers—and really address the money culture that is rotting our democracy. She is going to have to reject her husband’s Wall Street friends and policies.
(September 9, 2013)
A columnist for a great Communist daily, Miss Tina Dupuy, reports on a bird watching expedition in Florida where her drug habit apparently went unnoticed:
I attended a tea party event hosted by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann the day before the Republican National Convention in Florida last year. I observed the following: Wearing a tri-corner hat in proximity to the Caribbean makes you look like a pirate.
Which pretty much sums up the tea party crowd: historically inaccurate, attached to the Republican Party….
(May 30, 2013)
How the heroic administration of the Prophet Obama has fought the resurgent forces of the Ku Klux Klan and the Know Nothings to ensure Basic Human Rights, as reported by the apolitical Associated Press:
When he became president, Obama blasted through a heavy barrier that many before him had only pushed against. But his presidency has been marred by racist backlash and his administration has found itself refighting battles already thought won, such as ensuring equal access to the polls.
(August 28, 2013)
Someone named Mychal Denzel Smith drags himself (or is it herself?) across the melancholy pages of a particularly painful issue of the Nation and gives way to Weltschmerz, then motion sickness:
There isn’t a good reason for me to be as angry as I am over the not-guilty verdict handed down for George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. I always knew that would be the outcome. No amount of inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s story, nor compassion for two grieving parents who lost their son in the most heinous of ways, could override the lack of respect the US justice system has for black bodies. Disappointment is for people who have faith in the system. I know that better than I know my own name. And yet there I was, crying rage-filled tears as Zimmerman Not Guilty scrolled across the TV screen. Because no amount of cynicism can override the pain of knowing that a 17-year-old boy is dead through no fault of his own, and that no one will be held accountable.
(August 5/12, 2013)
An urgent public service message from the lascivious Miss Amanda Chatel, whose contacts will be sent upon request:
Call me foolish, or maybe just the product of a generation where sex is less taboo than it has been in the past, but I strongly feel that sex education is just as important as any other type of education. Honestly, sex ed classes that I took in high school were far more informative than the algebra classes I was forced to take, and definitely more necessary to life than any f—ing gym class. Are gym classes even still in the curriculum?
In great news that proves that some schools are finally moving into 2013, this week it was approved that students at all Boston public high schools will have access to free condoms. All they have to do in exchange for these goodies which, I might add, aren’t exactly cheap, is sit through a mini-lesson on sex.
(June 21, 2013)
New York Times
On the Howl Page of the New York Times, some scamp allegedly by the name of Geoffrey S. Poor perpetrates a prank, tsk, tsk:
A Challenge to Christie
To the Editor:
Re “Less Bully, More Pulpit” (column, Aug. 28): Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is quoted by Maureen Dowd as saying, “You know, college professors basically spout out ideas that nobody ever does anything about.”
Any time that Governor Christie would like to compare the actual accomplishments of his Republican Party with ours here at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I am a professor of American sign language, I’m ready.
Geoffrey S. Poor
Aug. 28, 2013
(August 29, 2013)