I’d never read James Baldwin. Why this is precisely, I’m not sure. We could go into the structural and personal reasons I, an English lit major, managed to make it three decades without, but that’s another post. I hadn’t read or seen any Batman anything (yes, including the animated series) until I was in my [...]
I’m re-reading Black Skin, White Masks as part of a “remember your critical theory so that you can defend it or critique it from a place of knowledge rather than memory” sort of process. I’m alternating between the 2020 best sellers and the critical canon. Between the World and Me was first, now Fanon (going [...]
Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere is a great novel but that’s not why I love it. It is an exceptional bioethics puzzle box, where every time you think you’ve ‘solved’ it, the situation fractals out from underneath you. 1 The Mandalorian is a pretty good show in the vein of [...]
As with every major global sporting event, some stuff went viral. The best one so far has been this:
Isn’t it weird that no one is really talking about the incest on Game of Thrones? I mean, yes, among the fellow inhabitants of Westeros, sure, there are the insinuations and the snickers, the threats from the faithful, and the apparent manifestation of its awfulness in Joffrey. And sure, incest has been [...]
The observers become part of the text. Criticism of the text exposes intertextual connections and undermines the intent of the author. Nothing in the text is treated with reverence, the forth wall is constantly broken, and reference to the film as a film while also taking its constructed reality at face value. Two of the observers [...]
When it comes to telling big, epic, awesome, mythopoetic stories, our world is boring. It is boring because it is known. We can google any spot on the planet and get a complete breakdown of that place’s ecology, politics, history, industries, and turn-by-turn directions on how to get there. Not only that, most of [...]
A same-sex marriage decision is due from the Supreme Court June. Given it has been almost exactly a decade since I changed my position on same-sex marriage, I figure now is a good time to reflect on the nature of that change.
Until about my sophomore year of college I was against same-sex marriage. Moreover [...]
Enhancement is weird. It seems objectively obvious what is better and what isn’t. But then context goes and screws everything up.
The New York Times recently featured a debate series entitled Adderall in the Office (h/t James Hughes) in which a few thinkers (including two of my favorite bioethicists Savulescu and Parens) discussed the merits of using A.D.H.D. drugs [...]