Louisiana Blues

Trump’s election so surprised and confused me that I have undertaken some political soul-searching. How could a loudmouth, fibbing, narcissistic, fear-mongerer have been preferred by enough Americans to get elected for the most powerful job in the world? Was Neil Gorsuch really worth that price? Am I that out of […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#576)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Bob Dylan Dramatized

Musicals of any stripe are notoriously difficult to pull off. They’re certainly more difficult than a straight play. This is largely due to so many moving parts, including bookwriter, lyricist, composer, arranger, choreographer, conductor and musicians. When a musical is based on an original story, the creative team starts with […] Continue reading »

Arts Support Rises in Germany, Falls in U.S.

The 2018 federal budget proposed by the White House called for the elimination – elimination, not reduction – of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I guess the swamp Trump vowed to drain includes the arts. Last month […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#575)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#574)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#573)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »