Donald Trump: The Era of Schrodinger’s Outrage and Virtue Signaling

This is a message for my loudmouthed conservative and Republican peers now repudiating their prior commitment to vote for Trump, and seeking to wash themselves free of Trump’s tiny “pussy-grabbing” hands in the wake of the “locker room banter” revelation. If you think that your integrity can be so easily repaired by some public magic […]

“V for Verbatim” is now Official!

Here’s something I probably should have done years ago, but the sheer infrequency of updates between 2014 and 2015 made doing so seem pointless. I have claimed, as an official domain name, “V for Verbatim” for my blog, with the “” fluff finally taken out. I am treating this as an incentive and challenge to […]

“Here I Stand”: The Testimonial of a Conservative in 2016 (Words by a Friend)

Forward by Vivek: The statement below comprises writings that are not my own. For the first time (and it will not be a common type of post), I am transcribing someone else’s conservative treatise against Donald Trump’s candidacy for President. I would not do this if it was simply a rant from a stranger that […]

Vivek’s anti-Trump Column: A Furious Conservative’s Dejection and Defiance

“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean.” – Josey Wales Let’s first dispense with what you’re here for. I will not vote for any of the partisan candidates in November. In rejecting Hillary Clinton, I will not settle […]

A Lament for the Decline of Reasoned Discourse

“I attack ideas; I don’t attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can’t separate the two . . . you don’t want to be a judge.” Justice Scalia died of natural causes and was quite certainly not assassinated.  But given the abundance of disrespect and vilification in discourse […]

“GAME OF THRONES”: “The Watchers on the Wall” (Recap/Review)

I was planning on saving myself when it comes to writing about Game of Thrones because whatever my opinion of the season was going to be, I believed it would be incomplete without the benefit of having seen all of it. Though some critics recap episode-by-episode anyway, I’ve never been comfortable with it. It’s the […]

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014): Time in a Bottle (Review)

What does it mean to be in the future of your race? We know plenty of stories about people with special abilities struggling with the responsibility of being heroes, but few of them, perhaps with the ironic exception of Planet of the Apes have ever dealt with the political and emotional fallout of humankind being […]

“Million Dollar Arm” (2014): I Hate Cricket Too (Review)

Million Dollar Arm is an okay movie that suffers from a lack of cohesion and structure in its narrative. None of the problems break the film, but midway through, I couldn’t help but think that the director had fallen asleep at the wheel. And I feel bad that I’m going to spend most of this […]