Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

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

A Guide To Successful Customer Support Inquiries

Dear readers, Has this ever happened to you? You’re bumbling along, trying to be productive, and suddenly a piece of technology doesn’t work. It might be your broadband Internet. It might be your… Continue reading

Warned Too Late: Triggers and Television

One of my favorite quotes in Alice in Wonderland is said by the Caterpillar: “Wait!” he tells Alice, who is hastening on her way. “I have something important to say!” Ultimately, that’s why I’m writing about… Continue reading

Netflix in September: A Spontaneous, Unpredictable Guide

Dear readers, It’s been too long. I’ve missed this space. So I’m going to write a guide to what movies you could binge-watch right now, on Netflix, before they disappear from the site. Also… Continue reading