Week In Review: January 15 to January 21, 2012

This past week saw Points publish the first half of our popular “Points Toward The Presidency” [P.T.T.P.] series. We’ve also posted a potpourri of smaller articles ranging in length and tone. All are worthy of a look so, for your personal reference, please enjoy our Week In Review. Sunday: We unofficially began P.T.T.P. by lamentingContinue reading “Week In Review: January 15 to January 21, 2012”

Friday Reads, Vol. 1

Editor’s Introduction: Because we here at Points believe that an understanding of the past is best supplemented with an eye toward the present (and future), we’ve decided to offer up a weekly selection of long-form pieces relating to recent drug- and alcohol-related news stories currently being discussed in the public arena. The past week has seenContinue reading “Friday Reads, Vol. 1”

Week In Review: January 9 to January 14, 2012

It was a banner week here at Points, as we re-opened our doors after a short winter respite. In the last six days, we’ve posted a passel of articles ranging in length and tone, but all worthy of a look. For your personal reference, please enjoy our Week In Review. Monday: The week began onContinue reading “Week In Review: January 9 to January 14, 2012”

Cracking Wise: Finding Humor in America’s Most Notorious Street Drug

On March 12, 2002, Comedy Central aired the South Park episode “Jared Has Aides”. Holding true to South Park form, the episode oscillated between incisive hilarity and unwatchable stupidity, the most lasting take-away from the episode being the “22.3 Years Rule”. Feeling compelled to address their many AIDS-related jokes, series scripters Trey Parker and Matt StoneContinue reading “Cracking Wise: Finding Humor in America’s Most Notorious Street Drug”

“Rock” Raines and The Good Doctor

Baseball fans are generally a conservative lot, deeply resistant to the idea that the National Game has long been tainted by the presence of drug pushers and dope fiends. Ken Burns’ wildly successful and stupefyingly long PBS series on the game is a testament to the perseverance of the “good ol’ days” nostalgia that Major League Baseball hasContinue reading ““Rock” Raines and The Good Doctor”

Depression Depressants: Why Are We Drinking So Much?

Over the last few weeks, the Anglo-Atlantic world has engaged in a slight moral panic regarding drinking. True, our concern is yet to extend to Swine Flu or Killer Africanized Honey Bee levels. You may, in fact, not even know we’re in the midst of a moral panic. It does seem, however, that alcohol is,Continue reading “Depression Depressants: Why Are We Drinking So Much?”

Greetings From Alex Tepperman, Editorial Intern

As the weather grows colder and the salamanders that normally litter Gainesville’s sidewalks scamper into hiding from Central Florida’s bitter subtropical winter, school begins anew. Right now, a freshman at Sonoma State is trying to puzzle out what exactly this “Semiotics” thing he’s signed up for is while, at Texas A&M, a senior purchases aContinue reading “Greetings From Alex Tepperman, Editorial Intern”

Presentations of Note at the AHA and MLA Annual Conventions

Editor’s Note: We noted earlier this week that the ADHS is sponsoring two panels at the AHA in Chicago this weekend, and as Points readers jet off for that conference– or for the MLA, which meets in Seattle on the same days– we wanted to let you know of a few additional offerings that mightContinue reading “Presentations of Note at the AHA and MLA Annual Conventions”

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