On September 2, 2008, I uploaded my very first post to Open Salon. It was an analysis of John McCain’s nomination of Sarah Palin as his running mate. I waited for the reader comments attesting to my brilliance. And waited. And waited.
A couple of posts - and several days - later, I received my first comment. From a reader who thought I was a woman. (I had a different avatar then – a cruder sketch with longer hair.)
This is how it went for my first year and five months at OS. I…Continue
For the last few years, I’ve attended an annual movie marathon in which they presented all of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Since I couldn’t make it this year, I asked my good friend Wayne LaPierre to attend in my stead. I know you have heard Wayne’s harsh criticisms of Hollywood culture but he’s concerned that his image seems a bit shrill, so he welcomed this opportunity to soften it. As his French surname would indicate, Monsieur LaPierre is in fact quite the discerning cineaste.…Continue
On January 2, 1999, hunters in Sam Houston National Forest in Texas discovered the body of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old Lone Star College student who had been missing since December 8. She appeared to have been strangled with one leg of pantyhose.
Investigators had already settled on Larry Swearingen as her killer. Swearingen had a police record and was, in fact, arrested three days after her disappearance on outstanding traffic warrants, and was still in jail the day Melissa’s…Continue