Brian Kaller

The Real Social Network

graveyard_picture_5 February 4, 2014

The other night I saw the end of a life well-lived. I didn’t know him; I just saw his funeral.
My bus rolled through the dark night I was riding the bus from my job in Dublin to our home…

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Horse Burgers and the Lives of Others

horse April 30, 2013

If you could boil our global problems down to seven words, they might be these: we don’t see where stuff comes from…. Most of us grew up staring at glowing rectangles without ever seeing a coal-powered turbine. We blithely

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Classic Cinema and Our Future

grouchomarx6 November 4, 2011

I want to see films for all ages, devoid of hip countercultural irony. I want to see low-budget teleplays in which today’s equivalent of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland put on a show to raise money to build allotments in the old park, a new series of Dead End Kids movies in which modern versions of Tommy and Milty cajole the neighbourhood association to allow pigs in the vacant lot.

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December 4, 2009

County Kildare, Ireland. …A couple I know – we’ll call them Bob and Nancy — lived in a century-old house in the middle of their town, a few miles from their jobs and surrounded by long-time neighbours. When the last

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