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.

Introducing: Prisons and Pop Culture

The US is supposed to value freedom above all else, yet imprisons more of its population than any other place on earth.

Quiz: Which Siglum From Finnegans Wake Are You?

So? Who do you no tonigh, lazy and gentleman?

Baphomet Rising

Satanism is alive and well in America — but not in the way most people think.

Cubist Chop Suey

Because the Chinese restaurant is a fantastic site produced by simulation, it is a safe space for experiment.

What I Read Last Month (or So): Sad and True

After pages of solitary struggle, all of a sudden, I’m not alone. I was shocked by the euphoria the first personal plural brought out of me.

Séance: Samuel Johnson

We sacrificed one of our interns, recited the incantations, and entreated the ram-bearer to deliver this preeminent man of letters.

Personality Texts

The descriptions make gentle assurances that yes, you are comprehensible, and no, you are not alone. Your way of being is not an aberration but rather part of a larger, sensible, beautiful framework.

First Object

For now I only want to talk about this pillow. I am hoarding it like a seed or a precious sourdough mother. I have been watering it with tears for nearly a decade.