Below is a list of categories and category icons that appear on When Falls the Coliseum, along with an explanation of the content you might expect each category to contain.
Each blog post or article will have one or two icons above the title and will list the name of the categories at the end of the post.
You can browse our site by category archives on the middle sidebar or click on any icon below to find content on a particular topic. Our schedule of weekly columns is here.
art & entertainment — any entertainment or art that does not fit under our more specific categories of “music,” “television,” “movies,” “sports,” or “games.” That could include plays, fine art, museum openings, painting, reviews of the above.
conversations — a column by Paula Marantz Cohen and Robert Anthony Watts, featuring their exchanges on race, gender, politics, cultural issues, art and entertainment, current events, and whatever else makes for good conversation. Join them.
Kelly Conaboy Saves the World — if you thought you didn’t understand the news before, just wait till you read Kelly Conaboy Saves the World. Our intrepid (some would say heroic) correspondent explains the world’s most pressing issues as only she can. If it’s in the news, Kelly will tell you what it’s all about and maybe even what should be done to fix it. This way, you can sound smart when talking about current events with your friends.
language & grammar — language, linguistics, grammar, abuse of language, grammatical errors, controversial words, politically correct language, euphemisms, sayings, cliches, vocabulary, English as official language, banned words, n-word, language pet peeves.
people who should be killed this week — There are some people who should be killed this week. Pretty simple, really. But if you need an explanation, here’s one.
Pitney patrol — in honor of Caseworker Alice Pitney — efforts by government to protect people from their own choices and to limit those choices for our own good, as a parent might protect a child. Depending on your point of view, this includes war on obesity, obesity epidemic, war on smoking, cracking down on portion sizes, ban on trans fat, helmet laws, seatbelt laws, and anything government bans or restricts to protect people from themselves rather than from others. Sometimes called “nanny state.”
politics & government — government, politics, political philosophy, politicians, elections, candidates, political campaigns, proper role of government, liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, political parties, government competence or lack thereof, government corruption.
recipes & food — real recipes for meals or snacks and pieces that use a recipe format for purposes of humor or commentary (a list of ingredients perhaps followed by steps). Expect to see titles like “Recipe for Chicken Marsala” when our writers are in a culinary mood. When our writers are in a more satirical mood, you might see recipes like the ones that appeared on the original When Falls the Coliseum. These included: “Recipe for Brewing the Perfect Liberal”; “Recipe for Brewing the Perfect Conservative”; “Recipe for Holiday Peace”; “Recipe for Continuing to Collect Unemployment.” This category also includes restaurant reviews and essays about food.
reflections & recollections — an autobiographical column by Scott Stein, dredging up the past, exploring the (sometimes embarrassingly) personal, remembering good ol’ days and good ol’ boys, thinking about the present and how it got here, and trying to make just a little sense of it all.
religion & philosophy — deep thoughts, the meaning of life, religion, philosophy, faith, organized religions, rituals, metaphysics, God, gods, epistemology, philosophers, religious figures, atheism, belief, cults.
science — science, biology, physics, chemistry, Evolution, scientists, genetics, scientific controversies, pseudo-science, astronomy.
sports — sports, baseball, football, basketball, boxing, olympics, tennis, athletes, player salaries, stadiums, sports fans, high school sports, college sports, funding for sports.
technology — technology, computers, digital age, information age, future of technology, obsolete technology, technology as panacea, fear of technology, cool new devices, technological predictions, technology reviews.
trusted media — media, media bias, talk radio, journalism, sloppy journalism, advertising, misleading advertising, newspapers, decline of newspapers, TV news, trends in journalism, commentary on current events that doesn’t fit another category.