Category Archive: Politics

The Debate Over Theory at the Valve

Dear readers, If you’d like to read my contribution to the ongoing debate about the historical status of “theory,” check out the new post at the Valve. I also give a negative review… Continue reading

Keeping up with the Joneses

Two quick pointers: First, Brandon at Irrelevant Narcissism posted an angry response to Tomemos and I on the question of “Blog for Choice” day (pro-choice activism in the blogosphere). You can find his… Continue reading

The Poem and the Apocalypse, Part 2: Children of Men and Frank O’Hara’s Personism

(x-posted to The Valve) This is a continuation of my first post, from yesterday, on art and the apocalypse. (Note: K-Punk has also just published a very good analysis of Children of Men,… Continue reading

The poem and the apocalypse, part one: Destructive fantasies

(x-posted to The Valve) Recently, a number of different bloggers have begun writing on imaginings of the apocalypse, a theme that continues to haunt popular culture and that has changed in focus since… Continue reading

Questioning the Court: Roe v. Wade

And Judah said to Onan, “Come to bed with your brother’s wife and do your duty as brother-in-law for her and raise up seed for your brother.” And Onan knew that the seed… Continue reading

On Pitilessness

“A masterful young jockey, that;—’ll have his own road, if ever anybody would.” “Yes,” cried Ursula, in her hot, overbearing voice. “Why couldn’t he take the horse away, till the trucks had gone… Continue reading

The Ivory Webpage

We’re sporting a new layout, based on my re-consideration of what blogs are and do. There have been discussions around the blogosphere — at Acephalous, Rough Theory, and elsewhere — about what blogs… Continue reading

Overview of 2006: The Gloves Come Off

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the last few posts here have been about taste, a move which began with my recognition (way back in December) that the year was coming rapidly to a… Continue reading

Special Christmas Edition Part 2: A Christmas Story

Since it happens that I posted something trying to defend A Christmas Carol against the infuriating, right-wing misreading of it offered on NPR, I might as well go belatedly to bat for that… Continue reading

Cat Blogging Except With People Instead Of Cats

Dear readers, I have been traveling since before Christmas, and am delighted to have returned. Unfortunately, the combination of a plane flight and a very bad cold have left my voice in tatters,… Continue reading