The Weekly Screed

Sky lantern

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014 The Weekly Screed (#660) Sky lantern by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — When I look back, my friendship with Paul Keeffe seemed to spring up almost instantaneously. On first sight, there was a glint of mischief in his eyes that told me he was One of Us. He was a new…
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George Jetson might have been more convincing

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 The Weekly Screed (#659) George Jetson might have been more convincing… by David Benjamin “The future of mobility will be done by electronics and — for sure — fun to drive!” - Rupert Stadler, Chairman, Audi Aktiengesellschaft MADISON, Wis. — Every year, one of the corporate Power Point extravaganzas at the…
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Our gay president, and how he got that way

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014 The Weekly Screed (#658) Our gay president, and how he got that way by David Benjamin “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed." - Adolf Hitler MADISON, Wis. — In a documentary film that few will ever see — The Unknown Known…
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The importance of not being visibly earnest

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#657) The importance of not being visibly earnest by David Benjamin “Hipsters seeking Sel Rrose restaurant last month were startled to see…” The New York Times, 9 Dec. ‘13 MADISON, Wis. — My first encounter with the term “hipster” in its new — pejorative — formulation was in…
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Saving Captain Miller

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#656) Saving Captain Miller by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — In the film, Saving Private Ryan, when Tom Hanks’ character, Capt. Miller, reveals his civilian job — “I’m a schoolteacher” — it comes as a chastening surprise to his rebellious squad, and to the audience. Although it should…
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