Author Archives: Gene Glotzer

Words Matter

I care about language. But, when it comes to language, I am very much a descriptivist rather than a prescriptivist. Basically that means that I don’t really care about how people should use language, I care about how people  do use language. If you want to use “literally” figuratively, go for it. I’m cool with […]

The Many and the Few

The Many and the Few is a Woody Guthrie song that tells the Chanukkah story. It has been covered by The Klezmatics. It is also a great reminder of how different a song can be when it’s done by different artists. The arrangements are different, but seemingly not that different. Woody Guthrie performs the song […]

An Interesting Thought

I had an interesting thought, or at least a thought that I found interesting. I realized that virtually everyone has said the phrase, “a partridge in a pear tree,” more times than they’ve said, “two turtle doves.” And they’ve said, “two turtle doves,” more than they’ve said, “three French hens.” And they’ve said, “three French […]

Haiku

What to write about My idea jar is empty I’m left with nothing *** Alone with my thoughts In this case means all alone The thoughts won’t join me *** I have a blank screen That wants to be filled with words But words will not come Share This:

Time and Place

In the wake of George H.W. Bush’s death there has been a lot of nice things said about him. That’s to be expected. It’s what people do when a person dies. What has been less expected, although not totally unexpected, is the reaction of many people on the political left. They have been posting a […]

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Like everyone, I’ve consumed a lot of comic book properties throughout my life. I’ve usually enjoyed them, from Super Friends when I was little right up to the latest Marvel movie. I’m not picky, I enjoy DC and Marvel pretty much equally. And I’m just realizing that if I had to pick a favorite comic […]

Rap and Hip-Hop

I have a general belief that Americans make better music than other people, and that black Americans specifically make the best music. If one were to ask me what kind of music I like to listen to, the easiest answer is what Nicholas Payton refers to as Black American Music or #BAM. I love blues, […]

Is It Racist? – Chicken

What if I told you there were two foods you could choose from? One is flavorful, juicy, full of umami and relatively inexpensive. The other is similar, but less flavorful, less juicy, has less umami and is relatively more expensive. It seems like an easy choice, the first one is the one to choose. I’m […]

December 2018

Last December, I made a post a day for the month. I decided to try it again this year. And the good news is that Jamil is going to try to join me. I’m not as confident this year as I was last year. Last year we had a new Star Wars movie to generate […]

The Maryland State Flag

A little while ago, I was watching a Baltimore Orioles game with my mom. The camera cut to a picture of the flags waving in the breeze. The Maryland state flag was among them, and before I knew it, I was asking, “How on Earth did Maryland wind up with such an ugly flag?” “It’s […]