Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

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

The problem with privilege

Dear readers, My last post was rather controversial. This was, predictably, excellent for the blog, which spiked to relatively new records for readership. At the same time, it was personally troubling, since I… Continue reading

New Post at BP Wrigleyville: The Cubs in the Age of the Auteur GM — The Spiel

I’m thrilled to announce that Baseball Prospectus’s Cubs site, BP Wrigleyville, has invited me to write the occasional Cubs-focused blog post for them! My first effort, The Cubs’ Curse in the Age of… Continue reading

The Greatest Novel of the Last 100 Years

Here at The Kugelmass Episodes, we play your requests. Today’s request comes from alert reader Gopal Reddy, who asks, “What is the greatest novel of the last hundred years?” Well, if you are… Continue reading

Retreat: Chapters 1-6

At times I think there are no words, but these, to tell what’s true. –Bob Dylan Dear readers, The novel, continued. This is the first half of two twin chapters. -Kugelmass Retreat –… Continue reading