Letter Not About Elections, 5/23/2012

Shklovsky’s theories are rewarding for those trying to articulate to themselves what art is supposed to do and why it is important.

Searching for Jesse’s Twitter: 10 Burning Questions

Why, after at least two years of public, belligerent, lewd, and verified tweeting, was the greatest Twitter account of our time shut down without warning or explanation?

How to Find the Things You Like

My cultural consumption has become a well-oiled machine, generating mostly superb product with only the occasionally dud.

The Rhetoric of Marriage Rights

Change is a process and we are still at a fairly early stage of gender and sexuality reform. But we should be redefining “normal,” not bending to it.

Gnostic Creation Myths and Foul Language

FORMING is a super strange graphic novel published by the super strange English publishing house NOBROW and written by possible genius Jesse Moynihan.

Elegy for a Census Form

In a neoliberal America, even information-gathering has been outsourced to private enterprise.


Maybe this is, in fact, our contemporary condition: to want exactly what everyone has always wanted and at the same time to undercut the validity of wanting that thing.

Remembering Maurice Sendak

Sendak’s voice leads children through the darkest thickets of their imagination, telling them where to take the right turn (especially when the right turn is the wrong one) to have a riotous adventure.

Zend and the Art of Typewriter Maintenance

I’m not into concrete poetry for the same reasons that Donald Barthelme wasn’t into conceptual art: it seems too easy, and once you “get” it, you don’t need it anymore. But it’s a lot easier to dismiss genres than individual artists. My exception to the rule is Robert Zend.

Beyond Titles: Scholarship vs. Journalism

People always love a good giggle about how irrelevant those silly egg-headed elites in their ivory towers can be.