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Archive for the ‘Big Issues’ category

We live in a contentious political climate, one in which important debates are framed by ideological rigidity and personal attacks. There are some who lament this current state of affairs and seek common ground through compromise. It is a noble enough sentiment, but suffers from a great deal of delusional thinking and moral equivocation. You […]

Stale madeleines

March 27th, 2018

Ready Player One is a set of flash cards elevated into profitability by an audience eager to be pandered to in the most facile manner imaginable. It’s nostalgia at its namedropping laziest. It epitomizes everything I despise about retro-gazing culture, yet there’s a part of me that wonders if that isn’t a little hypocritical on […]

It’s the trick of imagery

March 1st, 2018

Believe or not, but I’ve mellowed quite a bit as I’ve grown older. The white whales of old look more like guppies in hindsight, and the spite that once burned with the intensity of a blast furnace has dimmed in magnitude. Maintaining grudges takes work, man, and that kind of exertion is better spent on […]

Journalists and marketers love to emphasize generational tags for their own nefarious (or just plain lazy) purposes, but blanket descriptors such as “boomers” or “millennials” tend to be a whole lot of hogwash. At best, these designations are useful in the way terms like “new wave” or “electronica” are useful — a handy little bit […]

Cause and effect

November 8th, 2017

(The New York Times, 11/5/17) (Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! #3, December 1983) Says it all, really.

It turns out that the real monster was reinforcement of rigid gender roles through youth-targeted marketing all along. Recommended listening: Lost Cherees – Living in a Coffin (from A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place EP, 1984) Maybe I lucked into an typical situation, but it seems like the women in my social circle are far […]

Every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way. There are some who hide the nightmare behind a facade of normality and others who romanticize their bizarre behaviors. My family fell into the latter category, glossing over the pain and self-destructive behaviors with a proudly bohemian narrative. It was rationalization as a form of pride, […]

Every generation gets the Masque of the Red Death it deserves. Recommended listening: Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (from a 1970 single) Funk don’t come heavier than this.

On days like today, when faced with real-life horrors perpetrated by real-life monsters, it can be difficult to indulge in silly frivolities about ghosts and ghoulies. I’ve whistled past plenty of graveyards in my limetime, but the sheer enormity of events can overwhelm even the most centered (or jaded) of us. I start wondering “what […]

All geek things

August 8th, 2017

Even though I came to realize Damian and I were on different pages in terms of our fandoms, we remained close friends through high school and my early college days. We continued to hang out on afternoons and weekends, hitting up the local arcades or roaming Boston’s northwest suburbs in search of some new-to-us venue […]

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