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Since 1985, in various formats, SLANT -- an independent voice based in Richmond's Fan District -- has offered its readers original commentary on politics and popular culture, including cartoons and selected sundries. Warning: Sometimes that means satirical content. All rights are reserved.
2021-09-09 02:19
Note: I wrote the piece below in 2001. It's set in my neighborhood near the Lee Monument and it was published that same year by C-Ville Weekly.My photo (2016)Of course, in Richmond the prope… Read More
2021-09-03 03:30
Truth is, those of us who cherish democracy and like to avoid giving bullies their way need to do a better job of understanding the bullies who are our opponents. Thus, as we hear reports of… Read More
2021-09-02 00:45
Fiction by F.T. Rea  “Com’ere Bustah,” the old coot barked gruffly.Slouched on a bench made of stone and wood, the man wore an oversized pea coat and a dark blue k… Read More
2021-08-14 19:43
Lee Monument pedestal June 5, 2020 (my photo)In June of 2020, Richmond's Fan District residents found themselves living at the epicenter of a cultural earthquake. The demonstrations here th… Read More
2021-08-12 14:31
Fiction by F.T. ReaSeptember 21, 1977: The Luis Buñuel double feature playing at the Fan City Cinema drew a sparse but appreciative crowd. In the lobby, just before the 9:30 show g… Read More
2021-08-05 22:41
Like many baby boomers I grew up watching WWII newsreels and movies about Nazis. So as a kid I wondered a lot about how Germans could have allowed crazy Nazi gangsters to take over their w… Read More
2021-08-03 21:53
In 2021 disinformation is poison. Until now, we've made the mistake of shrugging its damage off, as if it has been sort of inevitable. Or maybe we've been pretending that in the new millen… Read More
2021-07-16 22:30
If there were no election liars on TV for 90 days, injecting their poison into the body politic, it wouldn't solve all of our most vexing problems. But I feel certain it would make things… Read More

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