The Dark and the Sublime

Every act of censorship is a tacit admission that the artistic sublime is a double-edged sword.

Marissa Mayer’s Gender Oblivion

The problem with Mayer is that she seems to resist any opportunity to own her womanhood, to speak out about it without apologizing for it.

A Few Too Many Words About Cats and The Internet

The cat video film festival is another case of something that is not particularly interesting, but raises some interesting issues.

I’ve Been Thinking About Phil Ochs

Occasionally, songwriters manage to write explicitly topical songs with that elusive combination of sincerity and grace.

A New Kind of Judging a Book By Its Cover

There is a new kind of judging a book by its cover: judging a piece of art by the way it’s marketed.

When I Was a Child, I Read Weird Books

I read sitting cross-legged on my cold concrete basement floor, surrounded by the drying exoskeletons of dead bugs. That was really the only way to read Omni.

Michael Jordan Porn

There is something to be said for the ’90s generation’s obsession with reproductions.

Of Trepalia and Chewing Stones

Who, after all, wants to grow up in a post-fabulous age — even one protected, more often than not, from the stench of shit? Who wants to exist in a world bereft of magic?

Love Is Not All You Need

Love has been and will be an integral part of any civil rights movement, but we must remember that it alone is not enough, that we cannot stop here.