Category: Transgressive

Philosophy Weekend: Occam’s Razor

A few days ago, an African-American teenager was killed by a policeman for no apparent reason in a town called Ferguson on the outer edge of St. Louis, Missouri. As outraged citizens began protesting in the streets, the police made a bad situation worse by confronting the protestors in terrifying … Read the rest

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Melanie and the Nickel Song

Sometimes shuffle mode on my iPhone really comes through for me. I was having a pretty bad day yesterday, and it found a song that cheered me up.

I was having a bad day for a few different reasons. The biggest is something that’s been going on for a while … Read the rest

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Philosophy Weekend: Thinking Like Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of the most respected philosophers of the modern age, though it’s often hard to read his books or grasp his message. This is unfortunate because his work is vitally important for every human being to understand. What’s most important is not necessarily the conclusions this philosopher … Read the rest

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Colson Whitehead’s Gloomy Game

I was nothing but psyched when I heard that postmodern novelist Colson Whitehead was writing a book about poker. Sure sounded like a great idea to me.

Whitehead is a clever, acidic satirist with a gift for inventive situations and touching emotional connections. Can he write? Absolutely — novels like … Read the rest

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Philosophy Weekend: The Turn

I didn’t start a blog series called “Philosophy Weekend” so I could write the same old shit you’ve already read. That’s what a lot of other philosophers and ethical theorists and historians seem to be good at.

I don’t know what their problem is; our universities are packed with professors … Read the rest

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A Rite of Spring

“The people dance passionately on the earth, sanctifying it and becoming one with it.”
— Igor Stravinsky

I’m sure it’s a hipster affectation of mine: I try to listen to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring every year when the Spring Equinox comes around. It’s a hipster affectation because I don’t … Read the rest

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Maggie Estep

Maggie Estep, the charismatic and accessible spoken word poet and author, has suddenly died of a heart attack. She was 50 years old.

Maggie Estep was a big part of the slam poetry scene that emerged from Chicago and New York City in the 1980s and briefly flared into pop … Read the rest

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