The AEG Turbinenfabrik

The AEG Turbinenfabrik seems alien to our world because it is very clearly a product of a world that was, for all its fault, not yet total crap.

Sea Tiles

I’m trying not to say nature because the concept is corrupt. Suffice to say though, beaches make me question art because they do it all already.

7 Books That Teach Us Something (as Described on the SAT)

Seven of our favorite books that students thought could teach us valuable lessons.

Riding Forever

William Vollmann is concerned with the America where you get off the train and take a look around, or better yet, where you’re never too inclined to get off the rails.

Fiction from Both Sides of the Partition: India and Pakistan Turn 67

Two English language novels essential to understanding the tragedy of the British partition of India.

Selfie at the End of the Universe

Images of our IRL lives, time-stamped and geo-logged and hi-res or lo-, might be one of the few ways in which we can swim against an entropy that will eventually swallow us.

Joyful Losers and the Game of Life

The Game of Life reaches its conclusion at the apex of property ownership and capital accumulation and family structure solidification. It doesn’t take you to the part where you get old and your children grow up and don’t want to talk to you anymore.

TV Room

My mother was happiest when we were watching Robin Williams. And I was happy and my brothers were happy because she was happy.

The Heart of Edinburgh

On the eve of the Scottish independence vote, would anyone ever attempt a post-colonial reading of Sir Walter Scott?

Songs for Hal

If my mixtapes aren’t going to get listened to anyway, I thought, this opens up my options considerably. Enter Songs for Hal, a mixtape with a fictional audience: Infinite Jest’s Hal Incandenza.