There are lots of reasons for this, and many of the reasons are built right into the foundations of the ivory tower. We can’t forget that the success of the modern university depends on a scarcity principle: There is important knowledge available inside of those gates, and not everybody can access it, and the knowledge is therefore worth paying for. The more exclusive universities presumably offer more exclusive … Read more
I suppose it was only a matter of time before we saw a zombie-themed television series. October 31 sees the premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC, and I think we can all agree that I will be in front of my TV when it airs.
Relatedly, if you’re looking for strategies to survive the impending zombie apocalypse, I’ve helpfully compiled a list of tips here, here, and here.… Read more
The FX series Sons of Anarchy is one of the best dramas on television right now. For reasons that are unclear to me, however, many people whose opinions I deeply respect do not watch this show. I want to make it clear that I believe this is a mistake.
Take Hamlet, Oedipus Rex, and Easy Rider and throw into a tumbler. Add Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Futurama), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Charley Hunnam (Queer as … Read more
I have one major problem with Stephen King’s 2009 novella Ur, which is perhaps the first creative work written pretty much exclusively about the Amazon Kindle as well as exclusively for the Amazon kindle. My problem is this: Ur, presented as a sort of semi-ironic cautionary tale about trusting new technologies too much, doesn’t understand how people interact with new technologies.
Here’s the plot: Wesley Smith, a thirty-something … Read more
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to
The Rejectionist offers a powerful and persuasive feminist critique of Stieg Larsson’s series of mysteries starring Lisbeth Salander. Actually, “critique” is probably too mild of a term; it’s more accurately a “complete smackdown.” She writes:
There are some problems with Dragon Tattoo, and let’s talk about the main one: There are a lot of dead ladies in this book. Literally: hundreds. There are other beefs I have with Dragon Tattoo, on the level of Literature: the plotting is