We Will Detect All of Your Non-Neutral Expressions! By Caleb Stegall - May 27, 2009 4 Reading Time: < 1 Facebook Twitter Email Print Someone send Sly to the VA DMV! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Short Current, Infernal Liberty, and Barry Lopez The Blackboard Teaching Banned Books: Huck Finn The Stump Calvino’s Leonia and the Weight of History The Nightstand Larry McMurtry and Wendell Berry at the Dairy Queen Region & Place Grace Olmstead on Uprooted, Place, Idaho, and Prairie Lupines Short Small-Town News, a New MFA, and the CSA Boom 4 COMMENTS Wow, Kafka arrives in Virginia. I’m due for a new one from VA DMV in September, looks like I will be experiencing this soon. I am smiling away in my previous DL. What a mockery of self-government – now we cannot even smile for driver’s license pictures, and there is little we can do about it. They are at least correct that a dour, smileless expression in their databanks will be required to identify us in the future they seem to have in mind. Since the only time that it’s really necessary to produce a driver’s license is when you’re pulled over by the cops, it seems apt that we should be smile-less. Maybe they should have the photographer wear jackboots and leathers to get us in the mood… This doesn’t even make sense from the viewpoint of plain old identification. Teeth are far more permanent than an expression, and descriptions of suspects often include “gold tooth” or “missing lower teeth”. Comments are closed.