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Rescuing Safe Spaces from Rhetorical Bullshit

Guys. Listen. I know I said I wasn’t going to get into my thoughts on the University of Chicago letter, but, despite the fact that I consider myself a huge skeptic when it comes to safe spaces, I am really taken aback by some of the sentiments expressed against them. My issue with safe spaces is pretty simple: […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Postmodern Cynicism and the Oppressive Idea.

In a speech about gun control this year, President Obama referred to the body politic. He asserted that far from being inappropriate, a national tragedy is a good time to politicize experience. We may wonder what it means to “politicize” something and why that might be disrespectful. There are certain kinds of relationships that might […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction|2 Comments

A Non-Theist Perspective on Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not possible except as it might follow redemption, but redemption erases the very possibility of forgiveness by transcending the possibility of wrongdoing. What we forgive is not what has occurred but the sudden and invasive introduction of the possibility that such a thing might occur. If we could be assured that the offensive […]

By |July 6th, 2016|Non-Fiction|1 Comment

Making Way for the Neoliberal State: Theoretical and Practical Origins

The emergence of the neoliberal state has been attributed to numerous causes, prominent among them are economists in the academy and the tension between strong centralized governance and business interests.  David Harvey argues that key politicians and corporations led to the rise of the neoliberal state. Harvey’s account of the events and intents of the […]

By |May 16th, 2016|Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Individualism Vs. The Individual

 Choice seems to be the domain of the individual, and the form of his expression. We often think that groups, like Congress or the State or the Board of Directors/Executives make choices, but this is an illusion, for at the moment of “choice,” these entities are already committed to one action or another. What has led them to that […]

By |May 11th, 2016|Non-Fiction|0 Comments

The Saber in the Snow: An American Myth (Star Wars: The Force Awakens review)

On Christmas day, 2015, I went to the theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Key on every viewer’s mind was the question of why The Force Awakens seemed to have the exact same plot as A New Hope, the first of the original Star Wars movies, released in 1977. This essay will assert that the […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Film and TV, Media, Non-Fiction, Star Wars|2 Comments

The Beginner’s Guide (PC Game)

The Beginner’s Guide, created by Davey Wreden (who also famously made The Stanley Parable), gets immediate brownie points from pretty much every reviewer for daring to try something new.  In a nutshell, the game approaches the topics of consumption-as-identity, authorship, depression, and what it means to know a person in the form of a “narrative […]

By |December 31st, 2015|Media, Non-Fiction, PC Games|0 Comments