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What It Do: Going Postal

Despite all the shrieking and rending of garments—along with predictably breathless editorials about this latest evidence of society’s decline—the recent decision by the United States Postal Service to cease Sa...
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What It Do: Are You Not Entertained?

At the peak of his career, Michael Jordan was bigger than Jesus (or The Beatles, for that matter). He was the 20th century celebrity-athlete perfected—the last of the greats, really—a man of humble origins who ...
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What It Do: Narrative Rules

By now, pretty much everybody has heard about—and possibly taken the time to mock—Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s imaginary deceased girlfriend and the media denizens who enthusiastically devoured the lie. ...
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What It Do: Dog Won’t Hunt

I’m sick of debating guns. I’m sick of hearing about guns. I’m sick of writing about guns. I’m sick of hysteric Facebook posts with Obama Photoshopped to look like Stalin or Hitler, often accompanied by some...
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What It Do: Platinum Shinin’

We got bills, y’all. These bills are already accumulated, due to acts of Congress and of war. But, as has been endlessly dissected and discussed over the past several decades, our nation’s obligations exceed...
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What It Do: All In The Game

Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I’ve been through my share of hurricanes. 1984’s Diana served as the backdrop for one of my earliest memories—my father coming down the front steps, his bright yellow po...
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What It Do: Control Addicts

The ad for the Bushmaster .223 caliber semi-automatic assault rifle tells it all. Displaying a weapon clearly designed to appeal to the Tom Clancy fantasies of (mostly) white men of a certain age, the captio...
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What It Do: Looking For Answers

At first, it seemed futile to even write about it, and maybe even a little wrong. Who am I to presume to have something worthwhile to say about something so unbearably horrible? Besides, with all the wall-to...
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What It Do: Raccoon City, D.C.

A few weeks ago, this space held up the example of Elizabeth Warren’s election as one of several important election night victories. The reasons cited in that particular column to celebrate Warren’s election we...
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What It Do: Social Control

In the beginning, there was America Online. The nation was blanketed, first with 3.5” floppy disks, then with the infamous CD-ROMs, as screen names, chat rooms, and instant messages entered the human conscio...