Violence Against Violence

For the past several years, I have been a pacifist, abjuring all violence now and forever. Violence in some form was always a part of my life. I had a kind of rough and tumble, Mark Twain-esque childhood that included running around the neighborhood largely unsupervised and more boyhood fistfights than I could count. This […]

Caliban

Complexity and especially ambiguity are what make Shakespeare, Shakespeare. The Bard has many strengths: the grace of his verse and the ease with which he coined the perfect phrase or word, the ability to make esoteric and highly specific situations universally understandable, the prolific speed with which he wrote powerful and enduring plays, and the […]

Morrissey is God

For the better part of a decade, I’ve been baffled by Morrissey. Not necessarily by his music, which is pretty straightforward, but by his cult following. To say that the English singer/songwriter has a cult following is not necessarily an understatement as it is an exceptionally literal statement. If you’re unfamiliar with Morrissey, I’m incredibly […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2012

This marks the fourth year that I’ve done a roundup of my New Year’s Resolutions at the end of the year to see how my determination and dedication paid off. The longer I do this, the better I think it is to make many resolutions instead of one, and to check back on yourself at […]

What Do You Read, My Lord?

Last year, I sat drinking coffee with a friend. I was talking about something I was reading, and she looked down at my BOOKWORM knuckle tattoos and asked me how it was that I became such an avid reader and such an intense believer in literature. She asked if I had always loved books or […]

God is a Misogynist (Fuck Tim Tebow)

Although I’ve been pro-choice as long as I have been familiar with the abortion debate, I have been more personally active in the cause in the past month than I ever have been in my entire life. This has brought a few ideas to the forefront of my mind. The Democrats recently lost their slim […]

Rose/Concrete

We are a miserable race of insecure, bitter, and lonely people. We all feel ourselves terrible, inadequate, we live in fear of the scrutiny that would reveal our deficiency. I am especially aware of my faults, I hold myself to impossibly high standards and condemn myself for every flaw. There are precious days when my […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2011

In December of 2009 I started a new tradition in my life, of doing a recap of my new year’s resolutions from the preceding year. I really enjoy the tradition of making new year’s resolutions; I think it’s one of the few positive traditions — if not the only positive tradition — associated with the […]

Without a Hitch

Last night, December 15th, right before I was to go to sleep, I happened to glance at my Facebook newsfeed and saw an old friend post a status update that simply said the name of Christopher Hitchens, sandwiched by several heart symbols. I knew without further elaboration that Hitchens was gone. I remembered the announcement […]

In Defense of the Tough Guy

If you spend any amount of time with hardcore kids, especially vegan or politically active ones, you’ll hear the phrase “tough guy” thrown around a lot. If you aren’t at least somewhat involved in the hardcore punk scene, this might be somewhat confusing, partly because it might not necessarily be clear who these tough guys […]