Critics assume readers seek only confirmation of their prejudices. If you never have, you owe it to yourself to visit Aeon magazine. The often illuminating British site publishes essays on science, philosophy, […]
Nota Bene #111: Mmmmm… Beeeeeer
Sorry for the long absence. Let’s carry on, shall we? “If you listen to the guys up in the stands, pretty soon you’ll be up there sitting with them.” Who said it?
Democracy & Elitism 2: performance elitism vs privilege elitism, and why the difference matters
Part 2 in a series. “Elite” hasn’t always been an epithet. In fact, if we consider what the dictionary has to say about it, it still signifies something potentially worthy. Potentially. For […]
Infidel Sunday: What if we don't want to be greeted by loved ones at death?
Conventional wisdom holds that fear of death is epidemic in the Western world. Whatever the truth of that, cultural commentators are all too willing to chalk it up to everything from our […]
Columbine and the power of symbols
Part three of a series. In the days following the murders at Columbine High School I visited the school and the grounds of Clement Park. Those walks produced this piece, which was […]
What Would Jesus Do (with $40 million)?
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my […]
Hell on earth? How about hell in heaven?
Suffocated by your family? It could be worse in the afterlife. That we’ll be “greeted by loved ones” at death has become conventional wisdom these days. It’s especially common among those who […]