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Bill Reagan
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William Reagan is a freelance advertising copywriter specializing in compressing large concepts into short sentences. He enjoys observing the American political system in the same way voyeurs stare at car wrecks on the side of the highway, less concerned with who was involved than with the particulars of how it happened. (It’s best not to drive behind him during an election year.) He squirrels away his literary acorns at


Tuesday, June 21 2011

So You Think You Can Govern? The Much-Needed Political Equivalent of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

What reality television has done for prime time programming it can also do for presidential politics.

Monday, April 18 2011

Martyrdom and the Marketing of the Afterlife

Considering the Afterlife as an eternal baseball game illuminates why 72 virgins might not be the ideal final reward.

Sunday, February 6 2011

One Nation, OMG

Agreeing to disagree doesn’t make your argument less 'right' -- but it does make it more reasonable.

Sunday, October 31 2010

Sweeping Clean the US Elections May Require a New Broom: Why Not Elect a Witch?

There are reasons to dismiss Christine O'Donnell's candidacy, but witchcraft shouldn't be one of them.

Thursday, July 22 2010

Sarah Palin's Creative Vocabulization

Armchair pundits lit up the blogosphere when Sarah Palin tweeted a non-word. Don't we have more important things to worry about?


Monday, March 29 2010

An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson

Thanks to this book, a friend greeted me with an earnest handshake, and I remarked that the handshake developed in England several hundred years ago as a means for people to demonstrate that they were not holding weapons.

Sunday, July 19 2009

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English

"Slang is the language that takes off its coat, spits on its hands, and goes to work," says Carol Sandburg.

Monday, January 5 2009

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is my favorite evidence of the resurgence in syntactical attentiveness.

Monday, December 15 2008

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions by The Diagram Group

Science is great, more power to it, but superstitions are fun, the little bits of weird poetry scribbled into the margins of the Algebra book.

Thursday, September 18 2008

Semantricks & The Daily Candy Lexicon

Since, like Shakespeare, we ignore the bulk of available words, a few amusing new bon mots isn’t going to clutter the word soup any further. They will certainly help to spice it up, though.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing - Holt [$14.00]

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