Dodging rubber bullets, batons and snap bangs on the way to the ballot box 

Enemies of Reading | June 11th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Watching the protests last week, I became curious about how the police were trying to control the crowds with, among other things, “rubber bullets” and “beanbags,” both shot from guns. There were elements of those terms that seemed self-contradictory. “Rubber Bullets” seemed playful, like a title from a Beatles album, and “beanbags” […]

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Love in the time of Pandemica

Enemies of Reading | May 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore The nature writer and anthropologist Loren Eiseley was once out in the badlands of the American West with an order to capture something interesting – birds, reptiles, anything, that his museum could use for exchange with a foreign zoo. One night he came upon an abandoned cabin. He opened the door softly […]

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