The Prodigal Astronaut

What we talk about when we talk about the Space Age.

George Lippard: Gothic Architect

Lippard’s journalism was lurid and fictionalized, his historical writing Gothic, his Gothicism sentimental, based on real events, and often intended — like his nonfiction — to instruct and improve society.

DIY’s Pied Piper Economy

As evinced by the last four decades of DIY music, we already use the technology of tech-capitalists toward proto-revolutionary ends, even small-scale, revolutionary societies.

After Disaster

After disaster, there is only disaster. It is a familiar and unrecognizable present. And whether we recognize it or not, whether we read it or write it or not, we are living the climate crisis.

Some Questions About First Novels

The history of the novel is also the history of people coming into an understanding of themselves, of the ways in which we use art not only to reflect but also to change ourselves.

You Feel Me

What unites both modern subcultures and modern terrorists (and terrorist subcultures) is no coherent ideology but a set of shared affective responses to social chaos—and if the last decade of culture has any lesson to give, it’s that emotional tourism has never been more popular.

Kingdoms of the Border

The world described by Herrera’s thematic border trilogy is a present that despite—or because—of its hints of the archaic, has the ring of a dystopian near-future.

While reading “Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns”

The doubled reality of one Marianne Moore poem

American Anonymity: Reading Alex Dimitrov & Tommy Pico

In our constant fight to feel accounted for inside the crowd, we shout, we overshare, we reword until others think it sounds beautiful enough to publish—whether we are distilling that experience to its most basic, relatable pieces or pushing the boundaries of how that experience can be shared.

Frank O’Hara’s Notorious B.I.G.

The affinities between New York’s most mercurial lyricists.