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June 08, 2006

Red State Son Benefit Day

Most people here are already familiar with Red State Son, Dennis Perrin's unique blog. But for anyone who isn't, you owe it to yourself to check it out. In particular, DO NOT MISS "Atoning at Night: A Janitor's Tale".

Then after this checking out process, I hope you can contribute to Red State Son's current fundraiser. I've been trying for seeming years to persuade Dennis to promote himself—just getting him to put up a paypal button has been like pulling teeth. Now that the teeth/paypal button has been successfully extracted, let us move quickly to complete whatever action is implied by the clumsy dental metaphor I've constructed here but that now that I'm so deep into this sentence I can't extricate myself from. Ahem.

AND SOME MORE RED STATE SON GREATEST HITS: "Reggie White Wash", about Reggie White's heart full of hate; "Punchy", about Christopher Hitchens' propensity to rewrite his own past; "Sad Libs"; "Damn You, Democracy!"; "Freedom Granted, Freedom Won"; and more!

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Two books by Dennis, Mr. Mike, a biography of SNL's Michael O'Donoghue, and American Fan, about our frenzied sports culture.

Posted at June 8, 2006 11:48 AM | TrackBack

Dennis is good, no doubt. When he thought he might have to stop blogging for a while, I invited him to guest with me. Fortunately it wasn't necessary because he started blogging on his own again.

Some bloggers are too important to lose.

Posted by: spiiderweb at June 8, 2006 06:40 PM


Why am I missing from your blogroll? We STUTTS! alumns have to stick together.

Sorry, but you don't provide an email addy I could find so I had to muck up the comments thread with this question.

Posted by: spiiderweb at June 8, 2006 06:46 PM

Jonathan, I did not know about Red State Son so thanks for the heads up, really enjoy the site.

Posted by: rob payne at June 9, 2006 04:29 AM


Thanks for that. Now corrected.



Sorry for the oversight; now corrected.

Also, there's contact information for me on the front page at left.


Very glad you enjoyed it. Send Dennis some email -- I'm sure he'd love to hear what you think.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at June 9, 2006 07:52 AM

Your dental work metaphor reminded me of this poem I wrote years ago:

Oral Analogies

Some love affairs are like root canal work -
a dull ache with
moments of intense agony
going back to be hurt time after time
until only a dead husk remains

But what about the encounter that's like
having your teeth cleaned?
relatively painless
and it leaves you with a brighter smile

Then there's the story of the absent-minded dentist
who filled the wrong cavity

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at June 9, 2006 10:20 AM