Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

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

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

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

A Hunger Strike Against Donald Trump

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be… Continue reading

20 MORE PhDs Gave Us A Dumbed-Down Summary Of Their Thesis. #3 Is Amazing.

1. Some ants that live in forest soil move their nests around a lot. This might give an advantage to fast growing soil bacteria. Wait, no, it doesn’t, but it does increase fungal… Continue reading

Five Rules For Avoiding Shitty Classical Recordings

As y’all know (yes, I’m getting “folksier”), here at The Kugelmass Episodes, we play your requests. Today’s question comes from alert reader Jenn Lindsay, whom you may remember from such posts as “On Faith,… Continue reading

“This Old, Uneducated Peasant”: Are Lower-Skilled Workers With Less Education Parasites?

While there are many illegal immigrants in our country who are good people, this doesn’t change the fact that most illegal immigrants are lower-skilled workers with less education who compete directly against vulnerable… Continue reading