Author Archives: Eric Waggoner

Dark As A Dungeon

Let the record show that Don Blankenship’s last public act in the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse on April 6 2016 was to reveal, openly and for the transcript, how far gone into delusion he’d become over the course of … Continue reading

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My dad, a lifelong firefighter, used to teach Hazardous Materials Response and Safety classes to first responders.  The first informational point he covered at the beginning of the course was how to read the classification marks on transportation tankers—the little … Continue reading

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Fast Food Items That Would Also Work As Poorly Chosen, Vaguely Off-Color Pet Names For Sweethearts

Drawn from the last few weeks’ worth of direct-mail coupons to show up in my mailbox: Little Thickburger Tender Crispy Chicken Basket Macho Beef Big Country Breakfast Vanilla Shake (Large) Nibblers Quad Stacker Sirloin Dip Triple w/Everything King Oreo Superstar … Continue reading

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Memo From Jonestown: Whoopee! We’re not dead. Now what?

In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon … Continue reading

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Perhaps I need a sabbatical.

Sorry, folks.  I’ve been away.  Doing what, you ask? Doing this right here: Actual marginal comments I’ve written on student essays/exams over the past month: “Wha?” “The ‘Segway’ is the two-wheeled device.  A ‘segue’ is what moves an argument from … Continue reading

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The Huckleberry Finn rant, pt.2

[This is part 2 of a two-part entry.  Part 1 appears in the preceding post.] The two usual arguments one often hears regarding Huckleberry Finn’s language, particularly in the context of school board and reading list debates, run like so.  … Continue reading

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The Huckleberry Finn rant, pt.1

[This is part 1 of a two-part entry.  The conclusion appears in the subsequent post.] NewSouth Books, a Montgomery, Alabama-based publisher, will in mid-February issue a one-volume edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry … Continue reading

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