Brutal South

Paul Bowers
On struggles, schooling, & raw concrete in the dirty dirty south
Created 18 Jun 2019
  • Going through a tunnel
    29 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    This one’s a little navel-gazey, so skip it if that’s not your thing. If you’ve read a single issue or listened to a single podcast episode, thank you. I’ll keep doing this as long as it keeps me sane...
  • Wikifest 2021: A pickle for the knowing ones (w/ Michael Baumann)
    23 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    It’s a tradition now. Welcome back to my friend Michael Baumann (@michaelbaumann on Twitter), staff writer for The Ringer and host of the Ringer MLB show. Every year around the holidays, we record a p...
  • Stand for America and fall for anything
    22 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    NASA In 2014 a Texas televangelist named John Hagee predicted that a series of four lunar eclipses coinciding with Jewish holidays would be a sign of the Biblical end times. This was known as the “blo...
  • Is Gabriel Boric a Swiftie?
    20 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    The people of Chile have elected 35-year-old leftist Gabriel Boric Font as president in a landslide victory after years of street protest and political organizing to smash the fascist legacy of August...
  • On earth, peace
    16 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Meaning of Geneva: Where Capital Lives, There Can Be No Peace, photomontage by John Heartfield (1932) Have you ever sung “O Holy Night” by candlelight on Christmas Eve in America? This verse stands ou...
  • Some letters to Santa
    08 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Santa Claus (1845) by John Vanderlyn Jr. 100 years ago this month, Blanche Reep of Abbeville, South Carolina, wrote a letter to Santa Claus and had it published in her local newspaper. She wrote: Dear...
  • If I wanted to destroy public schools, I'm not sure what I'd do differently
    01 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 5 3
    One difference between conservatives and progressives in this country is that when conservatives want to defund a public institution, they don’t chant about it in the streets — they get to work guttin...
  • The 2021 Weirdly Specific Holiday Book Guide
    26 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Everyone deserves a Cool Aunt in their life to pass on forbidden knowledge and esoteric taste. Why not be that aunt (literal or figurative) this gift-giving season? All of the following books are avai...
  • Satan, reviewed
    24 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    Note: I originally wrote this as a paid-subscriber-only thing on Sept. 3. With Satanic Panic in the air and lively conversations sure to be on the menu at family gatherings tomorrow, I decided to re-p...
  • 29: The Lord God Bird is dead (w/ Matt Drury)
    17 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    We're gathered here today to speak of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a tremendous beautiful bird that is gone forever ... or so some people think. Hey. Welcome to Episode 29 of the Brutal South Podcast....
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