This Has Never Happened Before

I know you’re tired of reading about Trump. I know you wouldn’t expect the definitive piece of writing anticipating his Administration to come out of the blogosphere. Regardless, what Nicholas Bourbaki has to… Continue reading

A Sports Post: Are Baseball Cards Good Penny Stocks?

If you don’t follow sports, the only reason to read this post is that it’s really fun to watch a good debate. If you do follow sports, this post may save your life.… Continue reading

The Best Of The Kugelmass Episodes!

Dear readers, The greatest hits page has been updated. That hasn’t happened since 2012! Taken together, these essays represent the collection that I hope will long outlive me. (Not that it’s done growing,… Continue reading

The Worst of 2016

Dear readers, This is an exciting moment. Right now, only days after the beginning of 2017, we here at The Kugelmass Episodes are ready to reveal what was great — and what wasn’t… Continue reading

That there is good in all things

I went to the bookstore today to sell my copy of Emma Straub’s novel Modern Lovers, which is a fairly terrible example of “contemporary fiction.” (It is, however, a terrific band name. There… Continue reading

Two thoughts about art, via Werner Herzog

There is something so fundamentally anti-life about creating art. It comes from this very sad, alienated place, in part; you’re creating art because you don’t want to be alive, or if you do… Continue reading

Whether the governor of a besieged place should go out to parley (The Montaigne Project)

I put my trust easily in another man’s word. But I should do so reluctantly whenever I would give the impression of acting from despair and want of courage rather than freely and… Continue reading

A Short Post About Manchester By The Sea

I was thinking, “Hey, my life isn’t great, and nothing is really going on.” So I decided to “get away from it all” by going to a matinee! There I was, watching Manchester… Continue reading

Why The National League Should Have Designated Hitters

Haha! Didn’t think I’d make my comeback with a post about baseball, now did you? Well, to be honest, I also wrote a post on whether the electoral college should exist, but it was… Continue reading

The California Ballot: Five Rules That Make Voting Easier

(A polling station in the United Kingdom for the Brexit vote. These rules don’t just apply to California elections, although I’ll be using California’s 2016 ballot initiatives as examples. They matter anywhere “direct… Continue reading