The Banality of Biopics

Hannah Arendt is a film that focuses almost exclusively on the subject of thinking, or rather on the subject of thinking while smoking cigarettes.

When Panic Takes Over

Unlike those classic tales written to interrupt moral panic, writing from the panicked perspective is a terrible narrative strategy. It isolates the reader or viewer from the characters and doesn’t allow for emotional engagement with the story.

What is privacy in America?

Why do we continue to leak celebrity nudes, berate Weiner for his sexting problems, and yet continue to do these very same things in our own homes?

Fifty Shades of Wave: Godard’s Alphaville as Fan Fiction

I have come to a most alarming conclusion: Jean-Luc Godard wrote fan fiction.

Divination Tech in The Twenty-First Century

Pure of heart and bent on obliterating intention, Matias Viegener allows time, intuition and chance to flow into and through a formal structure.

Fuzzy Apologies: A Press Conference With a Disgraced Pol Who’s Sorry This Time, Really.

None of these allegations approach to the totality of what, after much therapy, I have learned to describe as my “natural freak gene.”

Big Data, Slow Speeds

Underlying this technological angst is something deeper, more primal. It is the sense that some right, however virtualized, is being denied by the cartelization of the American telecom space.

Arguing for the Primacy of the Author in Comics

From a trip to a comics shop, it would be easy to conclude that comic book characters are more important than the people crafting their adventures. Except they aren’t.

What A Day Job Gives You

A day job. That vile-sounding thing. If you type the words “day job” enough times, they start to seem like a sex act. A sex act you do for money.

Sex and Punishment: Homosexuality in and out of Prison

It’s clear that sex and punishment are nearly synonymous in the logic of capitalist mass incarceration.