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The Columnist's Cookbook

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

When readers send me emails, they often ask me for one of my favorite recipes.

OK, so they don't.

Usually when readers send me emails, they call me a "filthy communist," suggest that I move to another country, or sometimes offer to shoot me in case I'm too scared of guns to shoot myself.

But it's a luxurious life being a columnist, and I ...Read more

Me and Cigars

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I like a cigar every so often.

I smoke Te-Amo cigars, a relatively cheap Mexican brand that the cigar reviewers says has an "earthy" flavor. They taste a little like dirt, is what they taste like, but cigar reviewers write in a style that begs to be read in a leather chair, so they're not gonna write "tastes like dirt."

I like bacon with ...Read more

The dollar store saved us

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

In the city where I live, we have 88,000 people, 17 dollar stores and a Walmart.

This why North Korea backed down.

North Korea, for those of you who belong to the tea party, is cuddled up right next to China.

The maniac running North Korea doesn't give a damn about the maniac running the United States of America.

He does, however, give a ...Read more

I'm a Protected Species

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I'm 60. I'll be 61 next month. If life is a 9-5 shift at work, I've just returned from my 3 p.m. coffee break. I'll be getting off work soon. Because I personally have always envisioned death as an endless fifth grade snow day, I'm fine with the approaching end of my shift.

Still, there's mighty little to celebrate about advancing age, and if...Read more

So you wanna be a 'journalist'?

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Sean Hannity and Alex Jones, two men who pick at American journalism the way small birds peck at the carcass of a pig, are both in legal trouble.

Myself, after 34 years as a reporter and columnist, I do not use the word "journalist" if I can stop myself in time. I believe in the crippled, nicotine-stained stained old newsroom joke which sayeth,...Read more

I ain't did nothin'

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

President Donald Trump, a pus-filled boil on the American backside, could learn what to expect from a long ago friend of mine who made his living as a professional criminal.

"You can do crimes for 10 years, and you never get arrested," he said. "You get arrested once, you get arrested every 23 months for the rest of your life."

Of course, the ...Read more

I was right about Trump's wall

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I remember my bartender father coming home with scraped knuckles.

"I could tell when the guy walked in there was something wrong with him," Pop said as my mother poured Mercurochrome into the small abrasions, the results of breaking up a fight and having to hit the guy who looked like something was wrong with him.

"Geez, I hate being right," ...Read more

Get the chicken, It's good: The death of Alton Sterling

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Down in Louisiana, where the alligators grow fat and the politicians aren't far behind, where, in some communities, generations of semiliterate people have lived knee-deep in the toxic sewer of the oil industry, the cops shot Alton Sterling in 2016. Recently, the last door closed on Sterling. There will be no charges filed against the officers. ...Read more

Cigarettes and Coffee

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Back in 2006, President Donald J. Trump is supposed to have played a brief game of bump and shove with a porn star named after a bottle of whiskey.

Trump met Ms. Stormy Daniels, the star of "Sex Door Neighbors," when she was appearing with Trump at a celebrity golf tournament, an event that can best be described as "money porn." Trump ...Read more

Revolution on my street

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I live in New England, and there was a snowstorm this week. We got 18 inches of snow, and most of us hope that's it for the year. During the storm before that, we got 17 inches, and the people on my street didn't think the city did a very good job of plowing. It seemed like it took them an awfully long time to get the street down to bare ...Read more

Secret Ballot

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Here's a little story from the 1960s.

My parents were ordinary working people. They went to Mass every week. They voted in every election. My father was a World War II combat veteran. My mother had worked in a defense plant, making rubber seals for gas masks on the second shift. Neither one was a college graduate. My father was the child of ...Read more

A few notes for a new national anthem

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

"Oh, say can you see the holster on me?

I have fed it my vote and the lives of my children."

Too dark. An anthem's got to be, well, not peppy, but you should never use words like "entrails."

In a nation that's abandoned nearly every one of its original promises, there remains the gun, the flag, the anthem, hatred of black people, worship of ...Read more

Dressing for Disaster

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

The worse the country gets, the better I dress.

I grew up in a series of working-class communities from Massachusetts to Missouri, places not carefully chosen by my parents, who moved wherever and whenever my father's job required. The towns were pretty much all the same, although the availability of fresh fish varied greatly from place to ...Read more


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