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I went all the way to Saudi Arabia to get a vital organ removed from my body, and I blogged about it. When that was all over, I decided to keep the blog going. Go here for the full explanation.

I'm Cord, a writer with one kidney. Wanna be friends? Get at me: kidneyandthekingdom[at]gmail.com

Jul 27
This is a column I’m now doing for The Awl. Because it’s about time someone kept an eye on all the rotten wild things.

This is a column I’m now doing for The Awl. Because it’s about time someone kept an eye on all the rotten wild things.


Notice how the cow gets billing over the negro. I suppose it’s in order of death, but it’s still a bit disconcerting.

Notice how the cow gets billing over the negro. I suppose it’s in order of death, but it’s still a bit disconcerting.


Jul 25
Received an e-mail from a kid who said that he liked my Mos Def cover story. Said he wouldn’t have written, but he figured it was the least he could do considering that he stole the magazine from Barnes & Noble. Beautiful.

Received an e-mail from a kid who said that he liked my Mos Def cover story. Said he wouldn’t have written, but he figured it was the least he could do considering that he stole the magazine from Barnes & Noble. Beautiful.


Jul 12
My GOOD article on the most notorious water cover-ups in American history is on newsstands now. 

My GOOD article on the most notorious water cover-ups in American history is on newsstands now. 


Jul 8

My Mos Def cover story, “The Artistry and the Ecstasy,” comes out next week in Filter. If you like hip hop, me or both, cop that shit.
And, yes, Mos Def’s coolness makes the coolest guy you know’s coolness seem like an Arizona summer.

My Mos Def cover story, “The Artistry and the Ecstasy,” comes out next week in Filter. If you like hip hop, me or both, cop that shit.

And, yes, Mos Def’s coolness makes the coolest guy you know’s coolness seem like an Arizona summer.


Jul 6
And over there was Glenn Beck, dousing a staffer in pretend gasoline before hovering a match over the pleading young man’s head—conveniently, Beck’s horror show was passed off as a metaphor for the way Barack Obama was going to incinerate America, instead of what it actually was: a gruesome theater spectacle that belonged not on a news network, but in an old-timey street revival.

Fox News gets credit for perfecting this particular brand of madness, but they certainly didn’t monopolize it. Eventually, the spittle-flicking caterwauling entered and corroded each of the top cable news networks.

From a new piece on the rise of the Angry White Man.


Jul 2

An Awesome, Invigorating and Slightly Nerdy Dad E-Mail to Kick Off the Holiday

In response to my twentysomething bitching about “the futility of everything”:

Writers with your interests are exceptionally vulnerable to the ugly fate of doctors and lawyers. People of good health and mind generally do not want to go see their doctor, their dentist or lawyer. They only go to see these professionals because they have to.  And once there, they rarely return, call or write to say, “Hey, everything turned out all right. And I just wanted to say ‘Thanks’ for helping me. My money was well spent in securing your services.”  So medical and legal professionals tend to see only the ugly, which, in turn, tends to taint their overall vision of the world and nourishes their cynicism. In medicine and law it is quite easy to give one’s self over to the dark side.

You, young Sky Walker are quite sensitive - an attribute that is a basis for your ability. So, I just want to make sure you know how to use the force to stay out of the dark side; and to begin to learn to accept life’s inevitability of ying and yang.  (I say “begin to … accept” it because it IS NOT an overnight epiphany. It takes time.)

Granted, you are far too educated, traveled and experienced (read “old”) to see life through rose colored glasses. But, you are far too under-educated, and have too much to see and hear (read “young”) to see things through a dark glass.

I get scared when I think that you might accept a resolution of futility. I fully expect you to stay buoyant, rise above life’s shit and ride the current of life’s clean water with an abiding sense of joy for being alive.

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