This Day So Far

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I’m supposed to write a Newswithviews piece today [cue hysterical laughter]. I have no idea how that’s going to get done.

Last month, see, we made a slight error in filling out our tax forms, which has led to us being embroiled with the IRS. My wife corrected the error, but we need to have that acknowledged.

On Friday we were supposed to get a letter from the IRS. So said the official email from the Postal Service. But of course we didn’t get it, we don’t know what the IRS wants, you can’t get through to them by phone, the post office disclaims all knowledge of anything except for how to run a national election, they’re cool with that, and the sage advice I got from the clerk was, “Wait till it comes.” What is this–Bleak House?

Yeah, wait. Wait till the marshals show up with handcuffs.

See, here we have two government agencies involved, the IRS and the Postal Service–doubling the chances for the whole thing to go wrong. We are in the Age of Nothing Works.

Maybe if I sit outside and smoke a cigar, I can think of something to write about.

‘But Is It Art?’ (2017)

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One thing you can hardly help learning from a study of art history: what passes for art today is pure crapola.

Here’s proof (if any were needed).

But Is It Art?

In the Age of Nothing Works, why should we expect the arts to fare any better than the rest of our poor, wretched, failing civilization? It’s too bad: there are still great artists out there. But you won’t find them in the art galleries, selling pretentious twaddle to airheads with more money than they need.

Please Help Me Check This Out

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I’d be much obliged if a few of you would go to, open it to my column, and go down to the bottom and click the link that’s supposed to take you directly to my blog. I want to see if that link works–because it’s been about two months since I got a single referral from there. It works when I do it, but the site doesn’t bother to track anything I do myself.

The picture of the collared lizard is provided as a bonus. Pretty little beggars, aren’t they? Known as “the mountain boomer” in some parts of its range, this lizard actually has no voice. It doesn’t really boom.

Maybe we ought to check that, too. This is, after all, the Age of Nothing Works.