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The Book of Job


John Allen argues with what is all by himself. So what else is new?

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Grist for Practice


John Allen returns with what is:

 

0:00 Vertigo

 

4:00 Losing teeth.

 

12:00 Pointing to the future.

 

22:00 The opposite is true.

 

31:00 Mutation.

 

40:00 Michael Jordan.

 

46:00 An Imperfect Union.

 

57:00 I’ll do it when I do it.

 

1:03:00 Going all in.

 

1:05 The end is here all of the time.

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Taking Away the Picnic Tables


John Allen returns with what is:

 

1:00 Cleaning stuff up.

 

3:00 Paternalism and taking away the picnic tables.

 

13:00 Doctors.

 

22:00 A good handyman.

 

40:00 Submissive fantasies raise the ante of illicitness.

 

51:00 Michael Lewis.

 

59:00 Unknowingly caught in a loop.

 

1:03:00 Out of control growth is cancer.

 

1:09:00 Moral issues are now front and centre.

 

1:14:00 Decision Trees: Football Manager vs Proust.

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Your Destiny Is A Mystery To Us


John Allen returns with what is:

 

3:00 Eating big steaks and fucking some girls.

 

11:00 Epidemiologists breaking out in smiles.

 

12:00 Letting the fastball go into the old folks home.

 

14:00 Jailed in our houses on a beautiful spring day.

 

16:00 Working on the pyramids.

 

21:00 The future is always now.

 

25:00 Belief – another fucking mythology you can grab on to and drown with.

 

29:00 The computer game where something random doesn’t happen is not much fun – Allan Watts.

 

35:00 Bob Dylan and projecting through Kennedy.

 

41:00 The things we thought weren’t going to change are changing.

 

50:00 When I’m at my best I’m a passenger.

 

55:00 Eisenhower’s warning.

 

1:07:00 A future full of minefields, betrayal and self-interest.

 

1:10:00 Mornings are for crying.

 

1:13:00 Death – Guaranteed.

 

1:19:00 Chief Seattle.

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Happy Ducks


John Allen returns with what is:

 

0:00 Low flying ducks.

 

2:00 Don’t need airplanes anymore.

 

3:00 People are the problem.

 

8:00 Trump walks away.

 

11:00 Yahoo protesters. 

 

19:00 No issues.

 

26:00 Henry Ford and the birth of the consumer economy.

 

32:00 Discovering the little moments in life.

 

38:00 Volleyball beach takeover.

 

45:00 Going inside.

 

51:00 Zoom ruins the day.

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Going Inside


0:00 With Mum and Dad at Google Home.

 

8:00 The Inner Guru will take you where you need to go.

 

18:00 The peak is a good sign.

 

24:00 Eastern people are the nicest.

 

33:00 We are a product of the things that rub up against us.

 

34:00 All men are misogynists at heart.

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A Good Actor Dying


0:00 Our kids are going to grow up in hell.

 

3:00 Trump’s “Liberate” tweets are Machiavellian genius.

 

4:00 Like Trump – getting away with everything.

 

10:00 The numbers keep going up in Canada.

 

14:00 Pandemic haves and have-nots.

 

21:00 We live in a monarchy: private business runs things and we don’t have a say about it.

 

34:00 Hitler’s Birthday. Gotta know your enemy.

 

37:00 Why Shakespeare? He’s the best.

 

39:00 Immediacy.

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Let Slip the Dogs of War


0:00 The American election begins.

 

3:00 Elites can work from their computers.

 

6:00 The worst time to be alive is the time between empires.

 

8:00 Mask fashion.

 

11:00 Kicking in the TV.

 

21:00 Obama in the backroom.

 

27:00 The Federales.

 

32:00 Trump has had no obstacles in life and so can’t handle them now.

 

35:00 The Chinese know how to govern.

 

38:00 Going to live like sheep.

 

39:00 Eat your plants kids and the coronavirus will spare you.

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Our Revels Now Are Ended


John Allen returns with what is:

 

0:00 The life we’ve created for ourselves as a species.

 

11:00 The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

 

18:00 Validation – there is no you except in reflection from someone else.

 

28:00 One more kick at the can with the babes – all I ever wanted.

 

34:00 This is a pandemic, not a war.

 

40:00 Words and consequences.

 

45:00 Instead of unravelling during the pandemic people are doubling down.

 

49:00 We are in our loops.

 

52:00 Gatsby > Prospero.

 

54:00 Act 4 Scene 1

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Goodbye to Everything


John Allen returns with what is:

 

10:00 Being happy with the pandemic.

 

33:00 You have to say goodbye to everything – including yourself.

 

44:00 A terrified population that’s never had anything bad happen to them in their lives.

 

48:00 The things we feel out there are always about us.

 

53:00 I should not be in a pandemic.

 

56:00 One more blow job.

 

1:04:00 We grew up on ice.

 

1:07:00 Proust’s prose gun.

 

1:11:00 Pretty damn liberal.

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