The American Experience: 100 Films About 50 States

I’m married to a Canadian, which recently led us both to ask the question: Which films, exactly, does a Canadian need to watch in order to understand America? The answers added up to the… Continue reading

On Radicalization: 10 Things Wrong With The Coverage Of Orlando

Something startles me where I thought I was safest. -Walt Whitman These murders were not a terrorist act perpetrated by ISIS. This was not a criminal conspiracy; it is different in kind from the terror attack in… Continue reading

Trolls Gotta Troll: Is Fandom Broken?

A lot of people in the desperate situation of being famous and well-paid have been touting a new blog post entitled “Fandom Is Broken.” In this piece, one Devin Faraci complains that fandom… Continue reading

Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us

If it were necessary to make arrangements for it, my decision would be….that [my] friends should lay my body where they thought best….I shall leave it purely to custom to order this ceremony;… Continue reading

On Sadness

Mine is a long and sad tale. -The Mouse, Alice in Wonderland I am among those who are most free from this emotion. I neither like it nor think well of it, though the… Continue reading

We Reach The Same Ends By Discrepant Means

(NB. This is the first essay of mine on a topic from Michel de Montaigne. I plan to write at least one post for every essay by Montaigne; more than one, perhaps, in… Continue reading

A Prelude: The 21 Best Songs of 2015

Here you go (via Spotify). Here’s to 2015. Everything went wrong except the songs. Alexander Hamilton – Hamilton Soundtrack – Various I Really, Really Like You – Emotion – Carly Rae Jepsen The Night… Continue reading

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