How Time Passes in Alaska


One of WC’s email correspondents (who has chosen anonymity) forwarded this masterpiece. Visualizing information, indeed. WC isn’t even going to attempt to add anything, except to observe again that graphics convey information in ways that words never can. Bravo, Gemma Correll. Update: This was apparently modified by someone other than Ms. Correll to add the…

Summer, Looking Northeast

Telling a Story with Photos: Fairbanks


It’s famously hard to make an attractive photo of Fairbanks. The Golden Heart of Alaska has many charms, but few flattering angles. Still, WC found one. The problem with the beautiful summer is that, all too soon, it slides into autumn. The more serious problem with autumn is that it is ridiculously short. Soon enough,…

Coping with the Voodoo Doo-doo


WC has argued that former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell’s effort with SB 21 was an Alaska twist on Governor Sam Brownback’s voodoo economics in Kansas. Readers may recall that WC argued that Governor Brownback believed cutting taxes would magically make the Kansas economy grow. Captain Zero thought if you cut oil taxes, more oil would magically appear…

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Happy Centennial, J. Alfred Prufrock


If there is a single poem that can be said to have revolutionized poetry in the 20th Century it is T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Eliot started writing Prufrock in 1910, at the age of twenty-two. The poem was published five years later, when Ezra Pound, whom Eliot met and befriended as…

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, California)

Senator Feinstein’s Utter Hypocrisy


WC’s Person of the Year for 2014 is in danger of having her award cancelled for Extreme Hypocrisy. Senator Diane Feinstein (D, California), who wants Julian Assange prosecuted for violating the Espionage Act by his Wikileaks posts, and Edward Snowden prosecuted for treason for his leaks to Glenn Greenwald, wants the Department of Justice to…