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The Wrong Side of the Wall, Number 2

The electricity had been out for over an hour, and the emergency lights at the corner of the bar – powered by an ancient, sputtering, apneatic generator just outside the back door — made the whole place look even more desperate, desolate and forgotten than usual, if that was even possible.

The Wrong Side of the Wall, Number 1

He’s fatter than I thought he’d be, and older, too. That long lock of bottle-blond hair, which no doubt in better days would have been coiled around his head like an old garden hose, dangles almost down his shoulder, another casualty of the cold wind in this goddamned place.

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Eye (Candy) of the Beholder

So Morning Joe Goebbels went into aphorisms today after Rowanne Brewer Lane, the woman mentioned in the lede of the Sunday New York Times piece on Trump’s general creepiness toward women, took issue on Fox with the characterization of her experience. It was, The Mouth’s Mouthpiece said, a clear example of “overreach” by the paper…. Read More

Feet of clay, jaw of glass

Well, that’s disappointing. Just had a rather lengthy chat with Dave Gonzales, the curator of the Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, generally recognized as an expert on Papa. I wanted to ask him whether he thought the old man would have been the sort who would clock Donald Trump in the kisser.

Seamus McGraw is the author of a few books, including the critically acclaimed The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone, and the forthcoming Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Line of Climate Change, due in April 2015 from The University of Texas Press.

Seamus has been a regular contributor to many publications, incuding the New York Times, Huffington Post, Playboy, Popular Mechanics, Reader’s Digest, The Forward, Spin, Stuff, and Radar, and has appeared on Fox Latino.

He has received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Golden Quill Award, as well as honors from the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists.

A father of four, he lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Kren, his children, and a neighborly bear named "Fardels" with boundary issues.