August 23, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
As you may have heard, I—William Howard Taft—have returned to life after my century-long hibernation.
My goal: to run for president in this, the momentous year of 2012! (The details of my return and campaign have been recounted in the book Taft 2012. Or so I am told. I have yet to find the spare time to read it, although I must admit it is quite a handsome volume.) It is my honor and duty to be so considered for a second term, even though my status as an outlying independent candidate has relegated me to the depressing backwater of the mass media.
August 16, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
The apocalypse isn’t exactly cocktail party banter.
August 6, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
I’ve been answering the End of the World question for years.
One usually first confronts it around middle school. Without probing too deeply I realize that I had never really revised my answer since that time. A voice from the Id, something along the lines of: “Yeah! I want a seraglio full of Penthouse models all dressed in hooker costumes, and all the chocolate chip cookies in the world!”
July 29, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
The end of the world used to seem so cool. I’d get to go days without shaving, acquire a cool long coat, and sleep on a cot next to pallets of canned soup and a loaded shotgun. Plus, everyone would dress like the Legion of Doom. What’s not to love?
Then I had kids.
July 26, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
If I was to die in six months
awaiting the collision of an asteroid,
I could cry with everyone or wait
to die with everyone or
check Facebook and Twitter. I could run away
to another place, hope for another fate, but
I would think about Leaves of Grass.
And the dirt on the bottom of one’s boot.
I could search for the songs of myself.
Reflect on what I have left –
July 23, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman