Walter Palmer and the Post-Mercy Society

As of this writing, tens of thousands of Americans have signed an online petition to extradite a fellow citizen to Zimbabwe. Yes, that Zimbabwe: police state, site of torture camps and forced evictions, a place where – despite its recent adoption of a new constitution – “disappear” can still be used as a transitive verb. [Read More…]

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Phoenix: Civilizations Clash at Twilight

If you were up for some fun mischief – say, if you wanted to set off a whole bunch of M80s or tweak the nose of a major world religion – you couldn’t find a better place than the strip mall on 27th Avenue and I-17, in West Phoenix. Aside from a Denny’s and a [Read More…]

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Thanking God for Crickets Thanking God

Late one evening a couple of months ago, when Valley nights were still sultry, I was walking though Papago Park on my way to L.A. Fitness when I saw a saguaro cactus lying across my path. Even in the moonlight, I could see it was still fresh and green, and I concluded it had been [Read More…]

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