Getting Better All The Time (2018/03/06 08:00)
Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.
Paranoia The Destroyer (2018/03/04 08:00)
On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.
Typing With Both Fists (2018/02/27 05:00)
On blogging while angry.
Smarts For Me But Not For Thee (2018/01/10 05:00)
On very stable geniuses and the like.
Cheap Shots Dept. (2017/04/10 08:00)
On politics in literature, again.
Change Their Minds Dept. (2017/02/18 08:00)
Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.
Politicaliterary Dept. (2017/02/06 08:00)
On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).
Public Service Announcement Dept. (2017/02/01 05:00)
I hope people will not assume my silence over the last few days indicates any kind of assent to the situation unfolding around us. I've been busy with some mundane things -- my day job has put that many more...
Gimlet Eyes Dept. (2016/07/22 08:00)
Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.
Signal Vs. Noise Dept. (2016/06/24 06:00)
If I'm not talking, it's because I'm listening. Or at least trying to.
A Narrow Beauty Dept. (2016/04/27 01:00)
it isn't political unpalatability that makes for bad art, but the narrowing of the mind that often goes with it.
I Dunno LOL Dept. (2016/04/19 10:00)
On the freedom to say "I don't know" and not be punished for it.
Larger Than Fiction Dept. (2016/02/19 06:00)
On being Trumped.
Hollow Men Dept. (2016/02/12 05:00)
"Who goes Nazi?" The hollow men, that's who.
Unindifferent Dept. (2015/11/24 10:00)
It's not that I don't care about the state of the world; it's that I'm not your soapboxer.
Fraternité Dept. (2015/11/14 10:00)
Let's not be the things we claim to hate.
Politaesthetics Dept. (2015/09/03 10:00)
Why "I don't care who wrote it, I only care if it's good" is disingenuous apoliticism.
Power Show Dept. (2015/04/08 04:00)
More on the one-dimensional (political) man.
Forwards Ever, Backwards Never Dept. (2015/04/04 10:00)
"... the moral commitment of democracy... is to a process, not a transcendent goal or a fixed, ideal standard."
Left, Right, Left Dept. (2015/04/02 10:00)
Political polarities, revisited.
The Radical Politics Of Doing Nothing Dept. (2014/08/21 10:00)
Sometimes the best argument is the one you walk away from.
Power Up Dept. (2014/03/29 10:00)
On the political in the creative.
You Say Political, I Say Personal Dept. (2013/11/21 10:00)
A political struggle by itself wouldn't be the meat of a good story; it has to be something personal inside the political.
Something Else!!! Dept. (2013/11/18 10:00)
There better be something new under the sun, or else!
With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? Dept. (2013/08/25 10:00)
I'd rather have a scrupulous intellectual opponent than an ally with dodgy thinking.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind