Pale/ontology: The Dinosaurian Critique of Philosophy

When it comes to the non-human world, philosophers have an unusual tic: they all suddenly start talking about desks. They should be talking about the real Absolute Other: the dinosaur.

An Adversary After Our Own Image

Could it be that we too want a portrayal of utopia in order to avoid civil strife, just like the eternally criticized Soviet regime?


While dystopian fiction, film, and television is now as popular as it’s ever been, we’ve surgically amputated our fears about societal collapse from our individual ambitions.

Ad Infinitum  

Exposure to more ads means more reading and seeing and hearing the empty rhetoric of essentialist perlocution: paltered clichés, tropes, maxims, lies, and nonsense. One result, in Barthes’ view, is a cheapening of the greater language.

Blind Spots

I remember all my efforts to prepare to move forward, but I forget the jerky reverse, stop-and-go motion that made that eventual forward movement possible.

The Weird and the Functional

The artist Rammellzee used the term ‘lightdwellers’ to reference a generic societal elite. Decades later, ‘the lofts’ can do a similar job for a certain kind of New Yorker. Ditto for ‘condos.’

Full Stop Recommends

Full Stop editors recommend books, music, TV and films for your enjoyment. This round features Pagan priestesses, the great Koonklaster, & Christina Ricci chained to a radiator.

Me and My Shadow

On Jungian shadows, Elena Ferrante, THE BABADOOK, and the sinister side of motherhood.

Men of Myth: On Bruce Springsteen & Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’

Whereas early blues and country artists were subsumed under the mythology of their genre, rock was about individual stardom from the outset. Where do Dylan & Springsteen stand in relation to their progenitors?

Best of Features, 2014

In 2014 our features writers tackled topics ranging from police ontology to Bowie fandom to the pitiful lack of diversity in contemporary publishing.