Rivers run through me

Also, defending the indefensible: why I love Arby’s

The author and his father with a king salmon from the Klutina River in Alaska. Pops caught it, but after a 45 minute fight his arms were too tired to hold it up.

“We Have The Meats!”

Yes, it’s Arby’s, the red-meatheaded stepchild of America’s junk food industrial complex. The whipping boy of late-night comedians, where being inside means a statistically significant likelihood you are a Republican. Home to maybe a dozen varieties of animal protein, yet nearly devoid of vegetables.

And one of my favorite places to eat. But don’t go until I have a chance to explain.

My relationship to fast food is complicated. Actually, no, it’s not — I like the stuff. Some dream of five stars, give me Five Guys. …


When the band you’re in starts playing different tunes, I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon

Photo by Marcela Vitória on Unsplash

Quick quiz: which was more important to the Pink Floyd sound, David Gilmour’s guitar and vocals, or Roger Waters’ songwriting and megalomania?

Answer: Rick Wright’s keyboards.

Right off the top, let me say I know the Floyd is a band critics love to hate, so writing about them is moderately risky. Also, I’ve never met any of the group’s members nor have any particular platform to justify writing about them.

But I’m going to anyway…

I do have a music background, but it’s as a classically trained clarinetist which might not be entirely pertinent. Most of my musical life is…

The Arts

Vincent van Gogh and me

Vincent van Gogh, “Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear” | photo by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash

See if you can guess my name. I’m mostly famous for who I was once attached to, and you probably wouldn’t recognize me on the street. After we split my former partner stayed in the news but I mostly dropped out of sight.

And no, not Art Garfunkel! Why do people keep asking me that? It’s so weird.

Here’s one more, I cringe when I hear “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your — .”

Got it? Yes, I’m Vincent van Gogh’s left ear. And I’ve got some things I want to clear up.

Everyone’s heard the story of a tortured…

Wine And Food For Thought

Our study guide to Philosophy 750ml

“Bacchanal with a Wine Vat” by Andrea Mantegna (1470) | Art Institute of Chicago (CC0 Public Domain Designation)

Here at Deep Thought Vineyards we know studying philosophy can be hard, but we also know that in vino veritas. If you’re going to read the important thinkers who’ve shaped our civilization, what better way than with a book in one hand and a glass in the other?

In honor of your thirst for knowledge, we’ve created a special collection of wines for your philosophical inquiries.

Karl Marx

There are plenty of bottles out there for a party, but what if you need one for the Party? Try our Proletarians Unite!

This is a wine that exemplifies the class struggle, a blend…

Unemployment of the Immortals: the job market is tough for a god right now.

Apollo Granting Phaeton Permission to Drive the Chariot of the Sun” by Johann Michael Rottmayr | From The Art Institute of Chicago, CC0 Public Domain Designation

[Intro music plays]

From WHYY in Philadelphia, this is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross.

The 21st-century spirituality market is complicated, even for an established religious figure. In our interview series “Better Know A Deity,” we feature immortals of diverse backgrounds trying to navigate this new landscape.

Today I’m here in the studio with the Greek and Roman god Apollo. His extensive portfolio included the sun, music, archery, prophecy, and more, making him one of the most important figures in the mythology of the time. Apollo, welcome to FRESH AIR.

Apollo: Thank you for having me, Terry. …

Hopefully alternative future

How will the stars guide America’s Patriots?

Image by the author

Happy Q Year from the editors and staff of QSA Today!

Today is the Solstice, the most auspicious day on the calendar, when the constellation Trumpicus Minor dips below the horizon and Trumpicus Major fully dominates the night sky.

Those born under the sign of the Heavenly Golfer are blessed with wisdom and an uncanny ability to follow breadcrumbs to the truth — the Red Pill is strong in this one!

Today’s Reading

What do you want to see happen next in your life? The New Moon will activate your solar house of creativity and romance. The week is wide open for…

Political Mythology

Decoder ring #2, and the myth and illusion of national unity

Photo: Tyler Merbler on WikiMedia Commons

Is it even conceivable the GOP would have united behind President Gore? Don’t be ridiculous.

I hate the way the media recite little axioms as if mesmerized, regardless of whether they make sense in the given situation. Two particularly annoying ones are “both sides do it” and “this is not who we are.”

But today I want to talk about one of the most insidious, “unite as a country.”

Listen to the news during a crisis and eventually someone will eventually ask sorrowfully, “why can’t Democrats and Republicans come together like they did after 9/11?”

The answer is simple, because…

Religion and COVID

Survive the COVID scam the God-fearing MAGA way!

Photo by Enrique Vidal Flores on Unsplash

Everyone knows COVID-19 (a) doesn’t really exist, (b) isn’t dangerous, and (c) can kill you but you shouldn’t take the vaccine — all at the same time.

And good on you for holding that in your head. Cognitive dissonance is the Devil’s playground.

But maybe you’re getting worried about “COVID”. There’s supposedly a vaccine, but you know it’s the work of Satan. Those scary statistics are just made up by the government to scare us into surrendering our freedom, but what if your own friends are family are sick? …


The last years of the American Experiment — a chronology

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash



In an interview with QAnon.com, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) states “it’s a good thing we still have the filibuster” after the GOP captures both houses of Congress despite receiving only 41.8% of the vote.


Frustrated scientists announce they have run out of Greek letters for COVID-19 variants and decide to start again with alpha-alpha.



The House passes a measure allowing states to establish Republican-only polling locations if “separate but equal” facilities are provided for other parties.

Democrats filibuster the Senate version.


A group of Senators announce that “in the spirit of bipartisanship” they and the Biden Administration are crafting a…

John Werth

Musician and conductor, repairer of woodwinds, owner of dogs, former band director, lapsed mathematician, and scribbler of thoughts.

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