Non-fiction

Trump, the Ironist

Trump Balloon

The American Regime has subsumed its critiques at the highest level of government, for all to witness. Propaganda can now operate without information asymmetry. Irony has bitten its tail. Will it too consume the body? Will the world recurs into its head, into the frothing mouth with its spinning tongue? Is this the shrinking ring…

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Golden Dawn’s Reservoir of Greek Nationalism

Syntagma Station

[This piece was originally published at Thought Catalog.] IT WAS DRIZZLING in Athens seven weeks ago. The beer I ordered was colder than anything in the city: “Card?” I asked, making a square with four fingers held together. The proprietor looked down at my bloated coaster, shook his head, laughed in a single syllable. This was…

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Limits of Salvation

The Limits of Salvation: from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Preface: Most human beings find the concept of eternal bliss to be vaguely pleasing. Some do not, referencing an abstract sensation of sleepless nights, emphasizing the eternal. Other relevant concerns float about, but these aforestated are primary. The history of humanity is riddled with attempts…

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Noxious Survey Data

This morning, I took a “brief” phone survey. No doubt, the “research” was politically motivated. I invite you to observe how the survey’s format manipulates sentiment to construe response data. Though it’s not important, the survey in which I partook had to do with the slashing or supporting of the Corn Ethanol Mandate. Here is a sample…

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David Foster Wallace in Nature

I once watched an interview in which Jonathan Franzen speculated about a solemn difference between the late David Foster Wallace and everybody else, including Franzen. It’s a story many who occasion this sort of marginalia will be familiar with. Franzen and Wallace were out with binoculars looking for birds, perhaps in a marsh or field or…

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Socratic Mis-communications

Try not to laugh at these crude excerpts. Here is a list of moments when Socrates mistakenly took for granted that his conversant understood what he was talking about, according to Plato. Whoops: From Euthyphro: Socrates: Then is the just also pious? Or while the pious as a whole is just, is the just as a whole not pious, but part of…

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Wordsworth Re-worded

Wordsworth’s poetry has always bothered me. It has to do with the way his words sound in the mouth while reading them, or while imagining them read aloud. He’s not as other Romantic poets; everything is fluffier; even his phonemes are soft and fluffy. Sometimes, I just want to throw dirt into them. Remember “I Wandered…

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Recalling a Critique

In light of recent news: After reading The New Republic‘s cover feature, “How Assad Won,” (1/6/14 Issue) the proposition that Bashar Al Assad has indeed succeeded in thwarting international prosecution for the disgusting treatment of Syrians is found to be a correct characterization of the murderous and oppressive head-of-regime. The ability to stir-up violence between opposing…

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Lynchian Irony in Fuming Spring Breakers

Every now and then I see a film that irritates the hell out of me; and then I get excited, because I know something special is happening before my eyes and inside my mind. On the surface (and as many critics have pointed out), Spring Breakers is a boredom-induced phantasmagoria of nakedness, intoxication, violent interludes…

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Scorsese’s Tribalism

“Danny, if you want to eat all of that chocolate, go ahead, but don’t come complaining to me when you get sick and throw up all over your fancy new shoes.” [The father goes inside to have intelligent conversation with the adults.] The preceding anecdote strings together the general tone of Scorsese and DiCaprio’s widely…

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