Friday, February 17 2017
This novel is reminiscent of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- but with a twist.
Monday, February 13 2017
Mario Cuomo once said that candidates campaign in poetry then govern in prose; Trump’s utterances, however, might better be characterized as speaking in tongues.
Thursday, February 9 2017
Did Shakespeare predict Trump? No. That's ridiculous. He just wrote a play about a thin-skinned, petty, self-aggrandising narcissist whose poor leadership drove an empire to ruin. Totally different.
If punk died the day the Clash signed to CBS, what were Rotten, Jones, Cook, and Matlock doing reforming the Sex Pistols in 1996?
Monday, February 6 2017
I suppose sometimes a cake is just a cake, but more often than not, it’s not.
Friday, February 3 2017
These books create a visually mesmerizing mix of sci-fi and fantasy, where rocket ships cause men to stumble upon gods and monsters that occupy the distant corners of the universe.
Thursday, February 2 2017
The Sable Church tells us to work towards the Darkness, yet it also tells us not to let the First Flame go out; it tells us to take the flame for ourselves.
Tuesday, January 31 2017
No matter how much music I listen to every year, I miss some great records, somehow. Here are a half-dozen albums from 2016 that deserve our attention.
How does a beautiful young corporate bigwig control a rambunctiously charismatic Alpha-male trade unionist?
Wednesday, January 25 2017
Behind a veneer of youthful glamour, the Euro all but groaned under the weight of excess global capital, merciless media scrutiny, hyperprofessionalization, domestic French anxieties, and geopolitics.
Wednesday, January 18 2017
Chait's defense of gradualist politics-as-usual undermines the supposedly audacious achievements of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.
Monday, January 16 2017
American prog rock icon Neal Morse delves into the creation of his newest opus, The Similitude of a Dream.
Thursday, January 12 2017
From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?
Wednesday, January 11 2017
Now, more than ever, public intellectual scientists like Dawkins are needed to counter the forces of faith, fiction, and farce dominating our so-called “post-fact” society.
Tuesday, January 10 2017
Grocery shopping is one of the earliest forms of schooling that we experience.
Friday, January 6 2017
History doesn’t always tell us how to get it right. It sometimes warns us of the cost of getting it wrong. Art steeped in that history can remind us, if we’re paying attention.
Thursday, January 5 2017
Steven Galloway's sexual harassment case, and the literary establishment's response to it, reveals a lot about how much work still needs to be done in combating misogyny.
Monday, December 19 2016
Under a Trump Administration, is it better to be a rebel with a cause, or a reformer with a platform? "Red" Ellen Wilkenson's biography gives us some insight into these difficulties.
Thursday, December 15 2016
How I worry when I drink, and why Distilled Knowledge is diffuse knowledge.
Wednesday, December 14 2016
Terkel biographer Alen Wieder reminds us that if he were alive today, Studs would actually listen to the voices of the Trump voters -- all of them.