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And now, thanks to an anonymous benefactor, my annual subscription has been extended to a lifetimer. Kossack for the next umpteen years. I don't think I've ever belonged to an online community that expressed as much concern and empathy for its members as this one does -- if Facebook, as someone at Salon noted, is now a country, Kos is a medium sized city, and exactly the type of city Jane Jacobs hoped these United States would be full of by now.  

I'll try to pay it forward by posting more involving diaries -- I mean, thanks for the recs on my rant about Mike Hale and soft bigotry, but I apparently sucked the air out of the subject.  As soon as I get back from Australia (I get to present a paper at a conference honoring Dennis Altman and the 40th anniversary of his first book, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, and I haven't started writing the paper yet), more, and better, stuff, I promise.

Happy New Year.  This CAN'T be worse than 2011, can it?

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