The Coffee Shop Times

Lady Liberty Weeping:

Lady Liberty Weeping:

As we attempt to come to terms with our nation’s refugee policy having been subjected to elective surgery in a hastily constructed MASH unit behind Trump Tower, it’s worth considering whether President Donald J. Trump will soon overtake preemptive war atop the list of “America’s Worst Gifts to the 21st Century.” Yes, my days of underestimating Trump (and overestimated the American electorate) are over. Like […]

How Would Babbitt Have Voted?

How Would Babbitt Have Voted?

Do George F. Babbitts walk among us today? Almost certainly. Do they remain conformists? Sure. Are they disproportionally drawn to careers in sales? Probably. Do they vote? And, if so, for whom? I have a guess. In any case, Babbitt is on my mind thanks to J. Frank Dobie, who once observed: To an extent, any writer […]

Maddow: Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned

Maddow: Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned

A few months back, Rachel Maddow was a guest on Ezra Klein’s Vox.com podcast. The entire interview is well worth a listen (find it here), especially if you’re interested in the odd path, full of zigzags, that eventually led Rachel to a prime-time slot in cable news. I particularly enjoyed hearing about her stints in […]

Indy, Why Does The Floor Move?

Giant tortoises have invaded the lemur habitat at the Dallas Zoo. And one lemur presumed it might pause for a breather atop its new flatmate. (Afterward, the “What the Hell?!?” look the lemur gives the tortoise is priceless.) When you hop over a massive rock, and it moves… Our 7 #lemurs are still getting used […]

Happy Holidays:

From my twitter feed, @DeepCoffee: Bing Crosby currently in rotation on my 1940’s Truetone console… 🎄📻🎄 pic.twitter.com/afVu1SJ1CC — Douglas Barricklow (@DeepCoffee) December 24, 2015  

Critics — The Real “Phantom Menace”:

Critics — The Real “Phantom Menace”:

Originally published on Monday, May 24, 1999, in The Coffee Shop Times. I’ve seen “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” three times already. The last occasion was a 5:15 AM showing — that’s right, 5:15 in the morning — at a large theatre near UCLA. You’re thinking I’m crazy, I’ll bet, but there were at least […]

Famous Brits Who Couldn’t Drive (Very Well):

Famous Brits Who Couldn’t Drive (Very Well):

What did J.R.R. Tolkien and John Lennon have in common? I mean, besides international fame, British birth certificates, and well-developed right brains? For both, automotive travel presented prohibitive challenges. In Tolkien: A Biography, by Humphrey Carter, we find out that Mrs. Tolkien had good reason to boycott Sunday drives in the family car, “Jo”: There […]

#PrayForParis

The French people still committing beautiful acts of artistic flourish: Live from #Eiffeltower Despite of this tragedy, Paris will always be Paris, French will always be French and democracy will always wins against terrorism. You can kill us 10 times, we will stand up 11 #paris #prayforparis A photo posted by Pierrick (@pierrickfl) on Nov […]

From The Twitter Feed…

When you won’t help #SyrianRefugees because that good deed might put your own skin at risk, the Sorting Hat places you in #Slytherin — Douglas Barricklow (@DeepCoffee) November 16, 2015  

Tax Fairies?

Tax Fairies?

Ted Cruz annoys me to no end. His podium presence reminds me of a high school debate student who binge-watches the musical, 1776, for its oratorical insights. While aspiring public speakers are told to master their stage fright by imagining the audience in its underwear, Cruz seems to have chosen the strategy of picturing a […]