Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dear Kathy Griffin

Dear Kathy Griffin,

You said you wanted to give us something to talk about, and, as usual, you delivered. Yes, I’m talking about the photo. It was controversial, provocative, and visceral – all the things that make art art. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it because the photo and our response to it (and you) has given me quite a bit to talk about.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Sequined Letter

Recently our little valley made international news. I know this because the story was emailed to me by a friend who recently relocated to New Zealand, a friend who was concerned about what this says about the place I call home. A local girl was not allowed to participate in her high school graduation ceremony because the administration had deemed her “immoral.” She had gotten pregnant out of wedlock, something expressly forbidden by the private Christian school’s code of conduct, and as punishment would not be allowed to participate in her graduation, despite being a good student and president of the student council.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Truth About Lying

In light of recent political events, I’ve been thinking a lot about lies and deception. Luckily Pamela Meyer, expert on lying and author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, has the answers. What follows are some facts from her 2011 TED talk, How To Spot a Liar, available for free at, along with my personal commentary.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

When I was told, this was going to be our anniversary issue, I realized that the timing couldn’t be better. By some coincidence, it seems that this time of year is full of anniversaries in my life. Usually when it comes to anniversaries we are reminded to look back, but this year’s anniversaries are also reminding me to look forward.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hernandez and Homophobia

Aaron Hernandez wasn’t exactly a good guy. The former NFL star and tight end for the New England Patriots was serving a life sentence for murder without the possibility for parole before his suicide on the morning of April 19th. Some celebrated his death, posting memes on social media with messages like, “Life Sentence. Hang in there, Aaron.” In fact, most of these messages involved variations of the “hang in there” sentiment. This is rather cold, considering that Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell. He may have been a monster, but that doesn’t mean we have to be monsters too.


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