Former And Continuing Student Of High Weirdness Confesses All! (2020/02/13 08:00)
The true weirdoes, god love them, can't help themselves. I wasn't one of those folks, and I knew it.
Drowning In The Popcult Goldmine Dept. (2017/05/24 08:00)
How to survive the modern digital cultural flood: have no sense of history.
Empathy Machine II Dept. (2017/05/21 08:00)
More on the idea that entertainments can be engines of empathy.
Push My Envelope Dept. (2016/05/24 06:00)
"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.
All The Wrong Lessons Dept. (2016/04/28 10:00)
Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.
We Put The 'Cult' In Culture Dept. (2016/04/25 05:00)
Modern fandom of the fantastic is transformative, not passive.
Put Away Childish Things And All That Dept. (2015/08/24 10:00)
Comics are just for kids. Right?
Of Silos And Vin Diesel Dept. (2015/03/27 10:00)
Why never to say something can't win Best Picture. Or shouldn't.
Slow Down, You Move Too Fast Dept. (2015/02/15 05:30)
Speed kills culture, not just individuals.
Nonbiodegradable Dept. (2014/09/21 10:00)
On ephemeral culture that never gets around to being ephemeral.
Die Neue Mensch Dept. (2014/09/12 10:00)
The new American man doesn't have to be a dudebro or a feminized wimp; he can be a step in the right direction.
Critique Is Magic Dept. (2014/09/11 10:00)
My Little Insight: "'there's a point where a pleasant lack of cynicism ... becomes insular naivete.'"
(Don't) Do It Again Dept. (2014/06/27 10:00)
Remakes: the poor man's newness.
Ah, The Good Old Days, Weren't They Awful? Dept. (2014/06/25 10:00)
Looking backward keeps us from looking forward.
Freedom ... To Wipe Tables And Shine Shoes Dept. (2014/06/22 10:00)
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to sell.
No Time Like The Present Dept. (2014/06/11 10:00)
To engage with the world in the here and now, or to withdraw? The case for both.
But All My Friends Loved It Dept. (2014/04/02 10:00)
On the difference between "culture" and "lifestyle".
Gentlemen, Start Your Photocopiers Dept. (2014/01/26 10:00)
Self-publishing shouldn't just be an excuse to recapitulate what exists.
Seize The Future, With No Gloves On Dept. (2013/12/10 10:00)
On appreciating the new without wearing the blinders of the old.
A Bland Apart Dept. (2013/11/19 10:00)
On culture being a tasteless affair (puns intended).
The "A" Word Dept. (2013/09/13 01:00)
It might be better to think of more things as being art, even the things we wouldn't be inclined to call art.
Give It Away Now (And Forever) Dept. (2013/08/03 10:00)
A culture of free cannot be sustained by an economy of free.
The Highs And Lows Of High And Low Art Dept. (2013/07/22 10:00)
More on why art doesn't sit on the rungs of a ladder.
Diversify, Diversify Dept. (2013/06/23 10:00)
There's always going to be something you can't do. The hard part is knowing what.
Mass Market, Crass Market Dept. (2013/05/15 10:00)
How economics supplants culture: a failure of marketing, and of imagination.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind