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The Social Prescience of Fiction

Examining a social conscience in Truman Capote’s early stories.

In Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati police ride Segways.

How to Exploit a Dead Writer

The reality of David Foster Wallace’s life is minimized, if not quite evaded, by what the screenwriter and director omit or massage to keep The End of the Tour on a predictable narrative arc and a comfortable, mostly comic plane.

Existential Google

In the rush to get to the bottom of our own obscure or banal questions, it’s easy to ignore what these predictive searches really are: a kind of social cipher, an anthology of digital anxieties, a collective dreaming.

Hitchbot’s Last Lesson

All violence, all desecration against the commons begins with a perception of weakness in the other. In this case HItchbot and and his keepers were other.

Iowa, The Middle of Nothingness

I even wonder if, among white people, the vague myth of Iowa as representative isn’t a national delusion.

What It Takes To Be Violent: An Appreciation of Marie Darrieussecq’s Pig Tales

Text bears violence, accompanies violence, and flies off of it, in every direction.

The End of the Jurassic World Is Nigh

What does it mean when a cultural text is positioning itself as a ravenous chimera, as something that needs to be destroyed?

Cautious Vitality: New Developments in Contemporary Czech Poetry

Czech poets want change, but if possible without the risk of creating explosions with their experiments and new approaches.

What We’re Not

I never felt comfortable in groups of kids that I was told were “like me,” born disabled. Like Dolezal, I insisted that what you could see of my body was contrary to who I actually was.