It was spring of 2007. America was deep into our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the conversations I had with friends and professors on campus at Saint John's often orbited the new vocabulary of 'enhanced interrogation.' The Abu Ghraib torture revelations from years earlier still reverberated in young people preparing for the 2008 presidential campaigns and we weighed the wisdom of the Bush administration's troop surge in Iraq.

American Standard

For years now, each time I pony-up to a urinal in the States I look to find, inlaid on its porcelain roof, a small gray text:

American Standard, it often reads.