Wednesday, March 15 2017
Does Humpty Dumpty freak you out more or less than salmonella? Bloomsbury's Object Lessons books offer fodder for daily mindfulness.
Friday, March 3 2017
Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is a multi-generational look at the little-known plight of Koreans living in Japan.
Tuesday, February 28 2017
A review of Schadenfreude, a Love Story, including some personal observations and self-identification that connect to a memoir with a really long title and lots of German words
Monday, February 27 2017
Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.
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.
Monday, February 6 2017
I suppose sometimes a cake is just a cake, but more often than not, it’s not.
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 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, November 30 2016
Media scholar Jack Linchuan Qiu argues that slavery-like conditions, which define digital media workers, mirror the slavery-like obsessions of consumers.
Monday, November 14 2016
Bartender Chris Hannah is an old soul who's perfectly suited for Arnaud's French 75.
Monday, November 7 2016
Crises abound in America, but while complacency won the day before, these times feel different.
Monday, October 31 2016
It's time for the personalities of the science community to emerge from their labs and to get into the ring.
Wednesday, October 26 2016
The "chick flick" medium doesn't completely obfuscate the espousal of the triumph of Hindu conservatism over secular-liberal institutions and socialist ideology.
Friday, October 21 2016
Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?