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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.
A Two-way Window Of Opportunity
2023-03-22 22:25
"Transfer portal" sounds like something from a "Star Trek" script. However, college basketball fans know it as the regulated window through which student-athletes pass in order to play for a… Read More
Gaels Outplay Rams In Albany
2023-03-20 00:14
Final score: Saint Mary's 63, VCU 51. Location: MVP Arena in AlbanyNotes: The Gaels had a one-point lead at halftime, 29-to-28. Although that suggested the teams were evenly matched, VC… Read More
Trump's Jesus Card
2023-03-18 20:21
In his desperation to control the story coming out of Manhattan, Donald Trump has planted a story about "illegal leaks" flowing from the Stormy Daniels hush money episode. Using his social m… Read More
VCU Vs St. Mary's
2023-03-17 14:31
NCAA's March Madness: The #12 VCU Rams (27-7) will play the #5 St. Mary’s Gaels (26-7) in the first round of the West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Fri., Mar… Read More
NCAA: VCU To Face St. Mary’s
2023-03-13 00:32
From Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D. *Twelfth-seeded VCU will take on fifth-seeded St. Mary’s (Calif.) in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament on Friday, Marc… Read More
VCU Tops Dayton To Capture A-10 Crown
2023-03-13 00:01
Final score: VCU 68, Dayton 56. Location: The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Current records: VCU 27-7. Dayton 22-12. In a nutshell: Wags like to say the teams with the best gua… Read More
VCU Slays SLU To Advance To A-10 Final
2023-03-12 02:24
Final score: VCU 90, Saint Louis 78.Location: The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Current records: VCU 26-7. SLU 21-12. In a nutshell: The first half was played at a furious pace as b… Read More
Riding That Streak
2023-03-11 01:40
The VCU Rams (25-7) that will face the Saint Louis Billikens (22-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m. is a better team than it was when it last lost a basketball game; that loss was to Dayton on Februa… Read More
VCU Dismantles Davidson In Brooklyn
2023-03-09 22:27
Final score: VCU 71, Davidson 53.Location: The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Current records: VCU 25-7. Davidson 16-16.In a nutshell: #1 VCU certainly opened the Atlantic 10 tournament with a… Read More
Ace Baldwin Named A-10 Player Of The Year
2023-03-07 15:47
My photo at the Siegel Center.From Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D.: VCU junior Ace Baldwin Jr. has been named 2023 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, t… Read More
2023-03-05 04:50
Final score: VCU 74, GW 68. Location: Smith Center in D.C.Final regular season records: VCU 24-7, 15-3 in A-10. Geo. Washington 16-15, 10-8 in A-10. In a nutshell: Don't try to tel… Read More
2023-03-01 04:04
Final score: VCU 79, StL 67.Location: Siegel Center in Richmond.Current records: VCU 23-7, 14-3 in A-10. Saint Louis 19-11, 11-6 in A-10. In a nutshell: The whole game was played at a f… Read More
2023-02-25 03:57
Final score: VCU 73, UR 58.Location: Siegel Center in Richmond.Current records: VCU 22-7, 13-3 in A-10. Richmond 14-15, 7-9 in A-10. In a nutshell: VCU used a five-minute, 12-0, run mid… Read More
2023-02-22 04:55
Final score: VCU 88, StJ 63. Location: Hagan Arena in PhiladelphiaCurrent records: VCU 21-7, 12-3 in A-10. St. Joe's 7-9, 13-15 in A-10.  In a nutshell:&nb&hell…Read More
2023-02-19 02:06
Final Score: VCU 80, Fordham 61Location: Siegel Center in RichmondCurrent Records: VCU 20-7, 11-3 in A-10. Fordham 21-6, 9-5 in A-10. In a nutshell: A sell-out, Senior Day crowd (7… Read More
2023-02-16 04:20
Final score: VCU 55, URI 54. Location: Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode IslandCurrent records: VCU 19-7, 10-3 in A-10. URI 8-17, 4-9 in A-10.In a nutshell: After sleepwalking through the… Read More
BIOGRAPH TIMES: 'Napoleon' In Manhattan
2023-02-15 00:32
1-sheet for the show I attended.Comment from Rebus:This story is about a trip to Manhattan in 1981. It was Rea's third business trip that year in which he represented the interests of the ow… Read More
BIOGRAPH TIMES: The Intro
2023-02-14 00:32
Actually, he's still RebusComment from Rebus:“Have a good time,” was my first line on a Biograph Theatre midnight show handbill. By the end of the initial year of operation that… Read More
BIOGRAPH TIMES: The Big Stretch
2023-02-09 22:12
Comment from Rebus: Since Rea claims his earliest memory is a moving picture in his mind of a dog running -- a yellow dog chasing a car. Hench, he decided long ago that's reason enough… Read More
2023-02-08 05:01
Final score: Dayton 62, VCU 58.Location: Siegel Center in Richmond.Current records: Dayton 16-9, 8-4 in A-10. VCU 18-7, 9-3 in A-10. In a nutshell: Following his best game of the s… Read More
The Banjo Men
2023-02-08 00:26
Comment from Rebus: Upon hearing the news of banjo player Earl Scruggs’ death, on Mar. 28, 2012, Rea flashed back to what was a then-36-year-old memory connected to a Scruggs docu… Read More
2023-02-04 04:19
Final score: VCU 73, StL 65. Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.Current records: VCU 18-6, 9-2 in A-10. StL 15-8, 7-3 in A-10.In a nutshell: This was a marquee match-up between the A-10's… Read More
2023-02-01 05:15
Final score: VCU 61, Davidson 59. Location: Belk Arena in Davidson (near Charlotte)Current records: VCU 17-6, 8-2 in A-10. Davidson 10-12, 3-7 in A-10.In a nutshell: Both the visitors a… Read More
2023-01-29 05:47
Final Score: St. Bonaventure 61, VCU 58Location: Siegel Center in RichmondCurrent Records: VCU 16-6, 7-2 in A-10. St. Bonaventure 11-11, 5-4 in A-10.In a nutshell: VCU entered the… Read More
2023-01-26 04:03
Final score: VCU 72, Mason 52. Location: Siegel Center in RichmondCurrent records: VCU 16-5, 7-1 in A-10. Mason 12-9, 4-4 in A-10In a nutshell: VCU used a balanced attack on offense and… Read More
2023-01-21 04:40
Final Score: VCU 74, Richmond 62Location: The Robins Center in RichmondCurrent Records: VCU 15-5, 6-1 A-10. Richmond 11-9, 4-3 in A-10.In a nutshell: After finishing the first half wit… Read More
2023-01-18 04:20
Final score: VCU 83, UMass 55.Location: The Siegel Center in RichmondCurrent records: VCU 14-5, 5-1 in A-10. UMass 11-7, 2-4 in A-10. In a nutshell: VCU led by seven at the half. UMass… Read More
2023-01-17 01:34
It use to be that given the avalanche of news stories about the bogus resume of Rep. George Santos (R-NY), one would have expected a proper Speaker of the House to waste no time in getting r… Read More
2023-01-14 05:42
Final score: VCU 63, Day 62. Location: UD Arena in Dayton.Current records: VCU 13-5, 4-1 in A-10. Dayton 12-6, 4-1 in A-10.  In a nutshell: Once again, VCU fell behind by dou… Read More
2023-01-11 04:22
Final score: VCU 78, Loyola Chicago 64. Location: Gentile Arena in ChicagoCurrent records: VCU 12-5, 3-1 in A-10. Loyola 6-10, 0-4 in A-10.In a nutshell: Six VCU players scored in doubl… Read More
2023-01-10 23:45
How many people in the USA hate both Democrats and the federal government so damn much they are now actually ready to do violence to achieve political ends? I can't help but wonder. Ple… Read More
2023-01-08 00:52
Final score: VCU 89, Davidson 72 Location: Siegel Center in Richmond. Current records: VCU 11-5, 2-1 in A-10. Davidson 9-7, 2-2 in A-10. In a nutshell: The Rams found themselves down early… Read More
2023-01-05 19:11
Final Score: Duquesne 79, VCU 70.Location: UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. Current Records: VCU 10-5, 1-1 in A-10. Duquesne 12-4, 2-1 in A-10. In a nutshell: The Dukes ran a… Read More
2022-12-22 15:23
Final Score: VCU 74, Navy 52Location: Siegel Center in Richmond Current Records: VCU 9-4, Navy 7-5In a nutshell: In the first half Jalen DeLoach led the Rams to a se… Read More
2022-12-18 03:54
Final Score: VCU 90, Northern Illinois 63Location: Siegel Center in Richmond Current Records: VCU 8-4, Northern Illinois 3-8In a nutshell: The Rams, who scored at will, pulled away early and… Read More
2022-12-15 04:58
Final Score: VCU 70, Radford 62Location: Siegel Center in RichmondCurrent Records: VCU 7-4, Radford 6-5In a nutshell: After playing a nonchalant first half that featured a mess of turnovers… Read More
2022-12-14 02:32
As December's crisp days grow shorter, once again it's the time of year for reflection and summing up: Like, what about the year that was? And, going into 2023, is the overall trend this cou… Read More
2022-12-11 03:18
As December's crisp days grow shorter, once again it's the time of year for reflection and summing up: Like, what about the year that was? And, going into 2023, is the overall trend this cou… Read More
Baldwin Named A-10 Player Of The Week
2022-12-05 18:37
The following information was provided by Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D.: Ace Baldwin Jr’s triumphant return to the VCU lineup continues to generate excitement. Baldwin… Read More
2022-12-01 04:01
Final score: VCU 70, Vanderbilt 65.Location: Siegel Center in Richmond.Current records: VCU 5-2. Vandy 3-4.In a nutshell: This was a good victory for VCU against a decent power conference fo… Read More
The Head-on-a-Pole Solution
2022-11-21 15:41
Note: The first version of this piece was written several years ago. That was well before a certain bully began his first campaign to become president. So, originally this whimsical piece wa… Read More
2022-11-17 14:54
Final Score: Arizona State 63, VCU 59Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Legends Classic)Current Records: VCU 2-1, Arizona State 3-1 In a nutshell: … Read More
Banksy In Ukraine
2022-11-12 20:52
NPR: "Graffiti of a woman in a leotard doing a handstand is seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Borodyanka on Friday in Kyiv Region, Ukraine. Banksy later confirmed on their Instagra… Read More
VCU Inks Tarique Foster
2022-11-09 22:15
RICHMOND, Va. – Tarique Foster (Bronx, N.Y./Putnam Science Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent with VCU, Rams’ Head Coach Mike Rhoades announced on Wednesday, the beg… Read More
2022-11-08 04:58
Note: Info provided by Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D. Final Score: VCU 73, Manhattan 56Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)Current Records: VCU 1-0… Read More
What Musk, Trump And Rocco Always Want
2022-11-02 02:27
Still from "Key Largo" (1948)It's no surprise to me that zillionaire Elon Musk appears to want a lot more attention. After acquiring Twitter, he wasted little time before his first attention… Read More
2022-10-21 01:03
Under the circumstances, since he took office, Pres. Joe Biden has done a pretty decent job. To grade his performance as president, I'll give him a B-. My biggest single complaint is wi… Read More
Committee: A Subpoena For Trump
2022-10-13 23:37
The January 6 Committee's ninth hearing unfolded this afternoon (October 13). I watched it on Richmond's PBS station. It is expected this will be the committee's last hearing before ele… Read More
The Postmodern Ex-President
2022-10-04 20:34
It seems many of Donald Trump's most devoted followers want to see him as an original guy. To support that view they choose to see the vulgar showboating of his dishonesty, cruelty and selfi… Read More
From Midnight Shows To Cult Films
2022-10-03 20:37
In the early-1970s, on Friday and Saturday nights, adventurous film buffs -- mostly baby boomers -- lined up to see midnight shows at cinemas. By the end of the decade critics had slapp… Read More
Biograph Times: After Midnight
2022-09-22 16:38
Midnight ShowsDuring what some film aficionados like to call "the golden age of repertory cinema," approximately 1967-1978, double features ruled. In that same 12-year span presenting midnig… Read More
Time To Take The Fall
2022-09-14 01:21
In the classic hard-boiled detective flick, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), when world-weary Sam Spade is absolutely over and done with femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy's scheming, he tells he… Read More
VCU's A-10 Men's Basketball Schedule
2022-09-07 15:59
From Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D.:The VCU Rams will play at least 13 of their Atlantic 10 Conference contests in front of a national TV audience, the league revealed Wednesday. The A… Read More
Those Purloined Files At Mar-a-Lago
2022-08-29 23:07
While pundits want to speculate about indicting Trump, or not -- as if that's all that matters! -- I'm just not ready yet to cut to the chase. Consequently, I still want to know who the peop… Read More
2022-08-23 19:08
Note: The 14th Amendment was passed by Congress on June 13, 1866, which was a little over a year after the end of the Civil War. On July 9, 1868, once it had been was ratified by the necessa… Read More
The Big Why
2022-08-15 21:43
We've all heard countless times about the Big Lie -- the falsehood that in 2020 Biden stole the presidential election and Trump actually won. But what about the Big Why? OK, now Trump is cla… Read More
The Kidnapping Of Brittney Griner
2022-08-04 21:35
 In a way, Russia has kidnapped Brittney Griner. News reports say the Biden administration is working to arrange a trade to gain her release. No doubt, swapping violent gangsters for fa… Read More
Arthur Getz
2022-07-20 23:04
So far, Arthur Getz (1913-96) has been the most prolific New Yorker cover artist -- in all, 213 covers from 1938 to 1988. Three of them are below. The one to the left ran on July 20, 1957… Read More
Remembering Bill Blue (1946-2022)
2022-07-20 15:03
This obituary for Bill Blue was written by Ralph DePalma. It was published on July 20, 2022, by the Key West Citizen. *  Once in a while, a special person comes along and has an im… Read More
The Perpetual Threat
2022-07-14 21:33
Like a lot of people who follow politics, I think Trump will eventually be running for president, AGAIN. You know how he must hate the publicity the January 6 Committee is generating, all of… Read More
Life In A Single Frame
2022-07-08 20:17
An abstract cartoon?As a kid I had a few recurring dreams that routinely woke me up in a panic. Some were violent.  In my mid-30s, I started trying to make art based on a couple of t… Read More
In The Crowd
2022-07-05 22:43
My age group, commonly referred to as, "the baby boomers," has been a crowd-loving generation. For many of us, some of our favorite memorable moments took place when we were in a crowd at an… Read More
About Timing
2022-06-29 20:08
During six riveting episodes of the January 6th Committee's hearings, the testimony of witnesses and the displays presented have revealed significant new things. The hearings have also unde… Read More
Picasso’s Richmond Period
2022-06-26 00:37
   Picasso’s Richmond Period: a 14-week romance at the VMFA    By F.T. Rea Published Feb. 18, 2011, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch  It was built …… Read More
The Enemy. Oh, Yeah.
2022-06-25 15:55
With all the disinformation swirling in the air, these days, it has been easy to get distracted, even fooled. Oh, yeah. Sometimes, it's not all that clear what is the truth. And, linger… Read More
2022-06-24 23:48
With four-and-a-half months to go until the mid-term elections, it's a good time to remember that without Donald Trump's pivotal 2016 victory, his appointees -- Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh… Read More
2022-06-10 21:25
The first episode of what could be called, "The Truth About January 6th," will begin to unfold on Thursday (June 9, 2022) night, at 8 p.m. ET. The second will be held Monday, June 13th, at 1… Read More
Shooters Shoot: The Thrill Of Doing It
2022-05-26 22:50
  After each AR-15 slaughter, to respond to calls for banning assault rifles we hear the gun fetish crowd repeating one of their favorite bullshit lines: "Guns don't kill, people do." I… Read More
2022-05-13 22:01
Speaking of the highest court in the land, it's probably fair to say that most professional opinion writers have not had one of their columns become part of the published record of a Supreme… Read More
2022-05-11 00:18
Since 9/11 the Democratic Party's leaders have been consistently losing the propaganda war to the Republican Party's leaders. I suppose we could argue over how badly Democrats have been losi… Read More
VCU’s 2022 Rrecruiting Class
2022-05-09 17:43
From Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D. : "Toibu 'Tobi' Lawal (London,  England/Lee Academy (ME) has signed a National Letter of Intent with VCU, Rams Head Coach Mike Rhoades announced… Read More
Discover The Fan: April 14, 1973
2022-04-15 16:40
Forty-nine years ago an ad hoc group of 21 merchants along the commercial strip just north of most of VCU's Fan District campus cooperated for a one-time-only promotion called Discover t… Read More
Truth Is Democracy's Oxygen
2022-04-09 01:51
When politicians, pundits and other blowhards refer to "the free world," what do they mean? Well, I'm  not sure. To me, the term is warmed over Cold War vernacular; the "free" in t… Read More
Five Film Favorites: Directors
2022-04-05 23:41
Being the manager of a repertory cinema, Richmond's Biograph Theatre, for nearly a dozen years (1971-83) was quite a film education. By watching selected movies several times I came to under… Read More
Last Dance
2022-04-04 23:38
Tonight, at the Superdome in New Orleans, the tournament's Last Dance will play out. The North Carolina Tar Heels (29-9), a No. 8 seed, are facing the Kansas Jayhawks (33-6), a No. 1 seed. S… Read More
Speaking Of Talk
2022-03-28 23:55
Speaking of talk, I don't buy it that Joe Biden was making foreign policy, by way of a Kinsley gaffe. His comment that in 2022, as a national leader on the world stage, Putin is an unaccepta… Read More
2022-03-28 18:37
Note: This piece I penned about the last day in business for Chiocca's Park Avenue was published by Richmond.com on Dec. 2, 2004. It ran under the title of "Exit the Masterpiece." *On… Read More
Indelible Images & Palpable Fear
2022-03-26 20:31
Here we are again, facing the real possibility that events we can't control will overcome our desire to avoid going to war. And, when Pres. Joe Biden suggests Russia has committed "war crim… Read More
Free Throw Contest Ends Rams' Season
2022-03-20 15:59
NIT 2nd Round Final Score: Wake Forest 80, VCU 74 Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. (JLVM Coliseum) Won/Loss Records: VCU 22-10, Wake Forest 25-9   Wake Forest connected on 29 of 37 free th… Read More
NIT: VCU Tops Princeton, 90-79
2022-03-16 03:36
Final Score: VCU 90, Princeton 79Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)Up-to-date Records: VCU 22-9, Princeton 23-7   When VCU scores 90 points it's likely to win, since… Read More
NIT: Princeton At VCU
2022-03-14 03:05
From Chris Kowalczyk, VCU Assistant A.D. for Athletics Communications: VCU (21-9) accepted an invitation to the NIT Sunday night and will host Princeton first round on Tuesday, March 15 at 7… Read More
A-10: Spiders Oust Rams
2022-03-12 15:45
Final Score: (No. 6) Richmond 75, (No. 3) VCU 64Location: Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)Up-to-date Overall Records: VCU 21-9, Richmond 21-12 For whatever reasons, VCU co… Read More
How Many War Crimes Does It Take?
2022-03-10 01:26
Reports are now saying that Russia is making claims that Ukraine is contemplating the use of chemical and/or biological weapons. Which, of course, challenges us to wonder briefly if it's… Read More

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