Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

Echo Homo: On Bossing Alexa Around

Today’s post arrives courtesy of, a site that alert reader Jessica Ehlers pointed out to me. Previously, I didn’t know this site existed. It’s some kind of networked blogging site, akin to… Continue reading

Princesses and Pedophiles: The New Anti-Criticism Goes Viral

A long time ago, on a blog far, far away… …was a post entitled “No Desert Island: Towards A Gutsy Aesthetics Via Nabokov.” In that post, I wrote the following: Lolita is a… Continue reading

Why We Need The White Album

Once upon a time, Lester Bangs wrote an article about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I read it a while ago, drunk, but the gist of the essay is that Sgt. Pepper… Continue reading

There’s Still No Such Thing As Intelligence: A Prologue and Curriculum Vitae

The man of ressentiment is neither upright nor naive nor honest and straightforward with himself. His soul squints; his spirit loves hiding places, secret paths and back doors, everything covert entices him as his… Continue reading

Confessions Of A Non-Famous Writer

Dear readers, It is no small feat to work on something for twelve years, and to be able to say, at the end of that time, that nothing has been accomplished. Many people… Continue reading

Nominal Distinctions: An Essay On The Death Of Antonin Scalia

“Get over it.” -Antonin Scalia, responding to questions about Bush v. Gore In the future, if you’re wondering: “Crime. Boy, I don’t know,” is when I decided to kick your ass. -The West… Continue reading

My Video About The Iowa Caucus

An Unreleased Review From Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2015

Herndon and vocalist Claire Tolan use [the song] to deposit the listener, quite literally forcibly, into the megalomaniacal and quite possibly sexual fantasy of an executive weaned on Tolan’s just-world-hypothesis coo: “All of your… Continue reading

How Many Wives Does A Man Need: On Knausgaard and Houellebecq

The Dance of the Seven Veils is a term used to refer to the dance performed by Salome before Herod Antipas. It is an elaboration on the biblical story of the execution of… Continue reading

The SPECTRE of the State: A Talk About Bond

Here’s the video of my conversation with telecommunications and privacy expert Sherwin Siy about the new James Bond film, SPECTRE! Contradisciplinary is back, folks! Enjoy. -Kugelmass