The White House is planning a victory garden.

Michelle Obama will plant a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. With eleven hundred square feet of organic garden, there will be lots of room for the planned lettuce, sugar snap peas, spinach, broccoli, spinach, onions, chard, kale, collards, fennel, rhubarb, carrots, and an assortment of spices. It’ll be fertilized with compost from the […]

I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.

“And when gasoline got too expensive, we took out the windshield and the engine and hitched the car to a horse! We called it a ‘Hoover Wagon.’” An Abe Simpson quote?* Nope—that’s what some folks did during the Great Depression. Reading a 1935 issue of VQR today, I noticed the event was then referred to […]

Public Citizen, the VA ACLU, and the TJ Center are representing me.

There’s lots of great news on the topic of my subpoena. The first is that three legal groups have all swooped in to save me (and from myself: Public Citizen, the ACLU of Virginia, and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Paul Levy, Rebecca Glenberg, and Josh Wheeler—from each organization, […]

It’s all X to me.

In English, when we want to describe something as incomprehensible, we might say “it’s all Greek to me.” From the always-excellent Strange Maps comes a diagram of what language people use in place of “Greek” depending in their native tongue. Romanians say “it’s all Turkish to me,” while Turks say “it’s all French to me,” […]

A new blog you’ll like: 123cantwait.

My old friend—and regular contributor* here—Jon-Phillip Sheridan has started blogging about art, photography, science, and politics on a new blog of his own, 123cantwait. It’s like what I blog about, only with way better photography. * It seems condescending to use the word “commenter” to describe many of those who contribute such thoughtful, lengthy, interesting […]