Category: essays

Many Things Happen in The English Patient

Tom takes on Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 Booker prize-winning novel Many things happen in The English Patient. A decent chunk of them are interesting, cool things. A few of them are vaguely unsettling things (and not in a good way). However, most of them are just things. Most of them are things that simply occur. Most […]

Who Will Survive in America?

Remember the couple of months last year when Kanye West wouldn’t shut the fuck up about his MAGA hat and everyone was mad about it on the internet? That whole saga made crystal-clear the root essence of the American cultural divide, and it went right over all of our heads. Look, the Orange Man may […]

Death and the Labyrinth

Last month there was a line to reach the peak of Mount Everest. 11 people died due to the overcrowding. Who is to blame? The usual insight-adjacent suspects, Reddit cynics and The Atlantic editorial board, have found the culprit: Instagram. Close! I think they’re on the right track, but there’s a problem: it’s not Insta-millennials […]