Man the Harpoons!: Reading Moby Dick and Sailing the Twittersphere Looking for a Whale to Kill

If Twitter and Facebook and Reddit and TikTok and whatever else is out there have anything in common, it’s obsession. And that’s what Moby Dick is all about.

Reconcilable Differences: Unity and Division via Pearl Jam’s Gigaton

First off, it’s named for the unit of measurement large enough to record melting polar ice. Gigaton wears doom on the album sleeve.

Don’t Get Fooled Again: On MIDI 2.0 and the Reality of What We Hear

If there’s anything we’re capable of, it’s getting creative with power. And the power over what appears to be truth is a terrible power indeed.

Manifesto: Mad Comedian Liberation Front or It Sure Does Take a Lot to Laugh

Chappelle’s best comedy holds, as it were, a fun-house mirror up to our nature.

The Aroma of Home: In Praise of a Korean Table

In many ways, the story of Korean food and culture in my life, with its Kentucky Baptist roots, is the story of how we travel through the world.

Who Will Remember Wallander?

Wallander raises a question that has a wonderful response: Who will remember us in the end?

Wisdom in the Summer Garden

Unlike the pitcher, the gardener cannot rely on her own strength to get her very far. Can she, after all, cause a seed to sprout?

Survivolatry: American Darwinism via The Walking Dead

Although it’s fiction, The Walking Dead reaches into our nonfiction hearts and draws to the surface survivolatry we excuse in ourselves.