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Cheers, kid!

Dear Cougster: I don’t know what to tell young adults about their 21st birthdays, other than “don’t expect too much.” Like New Year’s Eve or bachelor parties, it’s often an occasion more gleefully anticipated than fondly remembered. Basically, if you get through it without hurting yourself too badly, scrawl it loopily into the “win” column … [more]

Jack – Motorcyclist


I'm not proud of any of this. As I write this, it's National Coming Out Day. That's not my day, any more than Black Lives Matter is my life. I don't have any desire to dorksplain the meaning of situations, life circumstances, or events to which I am not party. More important to listen, I suspect, so maybe I'll post this tomorrow. My closet boasts not a single cheerful rainbow. There are universal human reasons for closets, though. They're where we hide like children. They're where we store the costumery we're not wearing right now: old fur, … [Read More...]

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Borrowed Valor

Look, we don’t want to spend all our time thinking about it. We did what we did; it was what it was, and now we’d like to get on with our lives, please. Some of us are staggered by the weight of our experiences. Others were one-and-done, but all of us went places and did things that you, perhaps, did not. Some of y’all say that’s courageous and some of you privately (or not so privately) think we’re baby-killing monsters, but either way your opinion means shit. Unless you faced the fire (or at least a shrieking drill cadre), … [Read More...]

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