“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.” – Nathaniel […]
Overthinking: rock music, pop culture, Donald Trump and America’s desperate race to the bottom
Donald Trump isn’t an anomaly. He isn’t an outlier. He isn’t a blip on the radar of history. He’s the very embodiment of the black, ignorant American soul. [Apologies in advance. These […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 1
Part 1 of a series… Modern capitalism derives much of its force from its ability to subvert Protestant Christian belief… “It is not true that good can only follow from good and […]
Its time to rid the English language of it’s outdated grammar and punctuation rules
Grammar nazis may not like it, but many of our language rules are artifacts of ancient languages that no longer serve a meaningful purpose. I’ve been a writer since the ’70s. I’ve […]
Twilight of the gods: a musicologist considers the work of the Beatles…
Mellers’ exploration of the Beatles as a group and as solo artists is rich in insight; anyone who wants to understand both the musicology and the psychology of the Fab Four owes […]
‘’Merica. Fuck, yeah. God bless.’
By Tamara Enz Cynicism and sarcasm toward my country and its future are hard for me to get around these days; sometimes I trip over them in unexpected ways. This was clear […]
Sweet Jane gets tag teamed…and still wins….
It seems Jane Austen is getting hit on both sides, but all this attention, exploitative and dismissive, merely really proves what will continue to be true: Jane Austen’s stature and power remain […]
Some people hate higher ed…but they love their teams….
“While 58 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on the direction of the United States, I sincerely doubt they feel the same way about their alma maters, their […]
Climate Science for Everyone: correlation and causation (updated)
In this Climate Science for Everyone article I describe correlation, causation, and two important relationships between them: correlation does not prove causation, but a lack of correlation doesn’t disprove causation either.
For the want of critical thinking, America has succumbed to tribalism
Antarctica is cold. I learned that in grade school. The record is 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit below zero set in 1983. Did you know the southernmost continent is also a desert? I know […]