"But, then, patriotism is not for those who represent wealth and power. It is good enough for the people. It reminds one of the historic wisdom of Frederick the Great, the bosom friend of Voltaire, who said: 'Religion is a fraud, but it must be maintained for the masses.'
"The spirit of militarism has already permeated all walks of life. Indeed, I am convinced that militarism is growing a greater danger here than anywhere else, because of the many bribes capitalism holds out to those whom it wishes to destroy."

         from Emma Goldman, "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty"



Or so this seems to me. Can any of these people pronounce "Darfur"? Specks and rails, people, specks and rails.



Some different and interesting takes on palindromic writing from a Kelly Writers' House workshop.


The Conet Project

Just got my copy today and have listened to two of the four CDs. Weird, strange, and disturbing when you think about what's being broadcast. If you've heard Wilco's "Poor Places," you've heard part of one recording in this set. More here and here.

And visit the wonderful folks at Aquarius Records who have all sorts of other interesting things.


A Maze of Twisty Passages, All Alike

Text games live on, with new languages for writing them.