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The Post-Break Up Emails of a Natural Born Polemicist

Des: Aren’t you a bit of a cad for leaving town with your girlfriend in the hospital? Jimmy: It might look that way. I’ve been through this before. After graduation Laurie and I were going to break up, but the same day she came down with terrible back spasms. I hung around the hospital all […]

Bridging the Empathy Gap: Pap’s New Judge and a Man from Nazareth

This piece on empathy comes from our friend (the inimitable) Michael Bender: Grace in the face of alcoholism is not a new theme on Mbird, but I thought I might add to the literature with a brief anecdote from Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At the beginning of the novel, Huckleberry spends some time […]

On Being a Finalist in The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest

I recently received some of the most exciting news of my life: I am a finalist in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest this week, Oct. 21 to Oct. 27. This is kind of a big deal. So I am shamelessly begging you to go to to vote for your favorite caption (hopefully mine, please) in […]

Band on Verge of Self-Realization Instead Turns to God: A Few More Thoughts on Vampire Weekend’s New Record

Very pleased to bring you the following contribution from Josh Encinias, the title being a play on this classic from The Onion. There is much to be said of Vampire Weekend’s new album, Modern Vampires of the City. Carl Laamanen wrote an excellent review for the site, and I want to follow-up with thoughts on […]

A Dog’s Tale

“My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian.”

Read the rest of Mark Twain’s “A Dog’s Tale” here.