My Way on the Highway

These people decided they wanted a giant statue of Jesus in front of their church, and they’re going to have it, no matter what. It’s the story they want to tell, and they’re telling it.

Eric Hobsbawm, In Memoriam

Through Stalin’s purges, the tanks in Budapest, the Great Leap Forward, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Eric Hobsbawm remained unshakeable in his belief of Marxism’s emancipatory potential.

Reading a Book by its Cover

Fashion inspired by John Irving’s best novels.

Broken Things

Most conversations, or written diatribes, about technology work off an unstated and false assumption of technology in a vacuum: technology always working perfectly, technology always available.

The Data of Humanness

Visionary futurist Erkki Kurenniemi’s work seems like a gesture of startling hope in the potential for technology to preserve and reproduce the essence of life.

A Labor Dispute

No less prominent a fan than Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — the scourge of Midwestern labor — weighed in on the side of the referees’ union. As it turns out, reflexive labor-bashing can have adverse effects. Who knew!

Why Breaking Bad Might Be Good

I’m trusting that the show is less about one man and his family and more about the inherent interconnectedness of our world — that it is less interested in its characters’ actions themselves than in their far-reaching consequences.

Game of Tomes: Full Stop Comes to Brooklyn Magazine

It’s violent, it’s titillating, it’s (hopefully) funny — it’s . . . Game of Tomes.

I See You Face To Face: Walt Whitman and Walter White

Watching Breaking Bad in light of Walt Whitman is to meditate on the American Dream through a glass, darkly.

Reflections from a Polar Bear Occupier

Yesterday morning, Occupy was just what I needed: a space to celebrate my freedom to express the political and social frustrations I inadvertently build up everyday.