The coming generations have a lot of reasons to hate Baby Boomers. The spiraling national debt. Climate change. Looting Social Security. Having to listen to sixties music all the time. But perhaps […]
Privilege, thy name is Amy Wax
The Amy Wax/UPenn problem isn’t about academic freedom, it’s about unexamined privilege. And firing her won’t solve the problem. The University of Pennsylvania and law professor Amy wax are embroiled in a […]
Why Tulsa’s bid to attract the “creative class” is doomed
“Nobody wants to live in Dogpatch.” The city of Tulsa is offering an interesting new program it hopes will attract “digital nomads” and other members of the creative class.
The new-new Enlightenment and the Counter-Reformation
On lighting a fire for scholarly rogueship Ten years is a long time, and it passes in a heartbeat. When Sam invited me to join the Scrogues a decade ago, it was […]
The Mature Society, pt 3: what would a better America look like?
Part 3 in a series. by Dr. Michael Tracey The problems of education, religion, critical thinking, a commitment to the truth, and holding ourselves to a higher standard: creating the mature society won’t […]
The Mature Society, pt 2: politics and leadership in the age of anti-science
Part 2 in a series. by Dr. Michael Tracey How stupid are Americans, anyway? And how much worse are our leaders? Numerous events and curious beliefs – large and small – caught […]
Being Queen Elizabeth…the First
Did Elizabeth lift England to greatness or did England make Elizabeth the great queen she became? “Through all her [Elizabeth’s] wavering and inconstancy, her hesitation and uncertainty, there was one faithful element – […]
Women at wells have problems, evidently…
In which we learn that Buddha and Jesus met the same sorts of people… Each morning my wife Lea and I read together, a delightful habit which we have been practicing for […]
How to take the perfect photograph? Hell if I know…
The other day I posted this shot, from Sarawub Intarot at National Geographic, on Facebook.
Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes: life – and sometimes literature – is an illusion…
“Repetition of the same patterns, they say, provides an effective form of protective coloring. If he were to melt into a life of simple repetition, there might possibly come a time when […]