“Gödel, Escher, Bach” by Douglas Hofstadter turns 40 this year. Bach’s music never had a justified place in the book – but could it find one?
Elon Musk is the perfect hero for our era of reboots and reality TV. Much of the mythos around him consists of tired sci-fi clichés, recycled and sold as reality. And in this way, Musk himself is like an update on L. Ron Hubbard.
A leftwing case against the term “neoliberalism” from historian Daniel Rodgers plays into the hands of those aiming to divert criticism.
It’s always fascinating when a public official commits a Kinsley gaffe, and the veil drops for a brief moment.
Did you know that Finland has twice as many mass shootings per capita as the US? Discussing violence honestly matters, and propaganda, even for a good cause, is counterproductive — as in criminologist Frederic Lemieux’s analysis.
Stop saying, “Isn’t it unbelievable that Trump is president?” It’s the kind of disjointed revelation you get when you’re high. “Isn’t it amazing that we have, like, hands? Doesn’t it blow your mind that trees exist?”
Anti-Americanism is as old as America, and so are many of its most common tropes, but the underlying beliefs and justifications vary. America’s pathology has been depicted as manifesting its inherent racism, or its racial inferiority; as being due to a lack of democracy or too much democracy; and the criticism has been leveled from the left, the right, and everywhere in between.