The Frisson of Fright

Halloween is a fun time to make things more mystical, spiritual, even more thrilling. There’s a word from French which has become lost from our vocabularies. The idea the word represents has become less lost, but still under-appreciated. The word is frisson. Our worldwide culture craves the frisson of fright, though we’ve forgotten how to […]

Questions for Friends

Questions to get to know your friends: What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite food? What do you plan on doing after you graduate from high school? What did you do right after graduation? How many children do you want to have when you get married and be a suburban clone? […]

An Option Apart from Fireworks

It did occur to me when I wrote that last ‘barchive about American Culture and funeral fireworks, that I haven’t ever written about a company called The Great American Pyramid. Here’s an interesting concept. The company will mix your ashes, or your remains, into a 3 foot by 3 foot block of concrete, and add […]

American Culture

American culture is one of perpetual acceleration. It’s a culture of addition. It’s a culture of hyperbole and one-upmanship. When an American gets heartburn from eating too much, he doesn’t stop consuming things, he adds to it by popping a couple of antacid tablets. When making a sandwich, an American doesn’t stop with the lettuce […]