It seems borderline impossible nowadays to enjoy a tiny sliver of pop culture without bringing at least some third-party opinion into the experience. Hype – positive and negative – snowballs in the age of the internet, where deep-dives and think-pieces exist to segment, dissect and extract cultural value. To say we’re blind to it or […]

Think back on your life’s happiest moments thus far and it’s unlikely that expensive vacations, that 10-hour binge of Netflix last week, or whatever other pleasurable activity we design for ourselves make the list. On the contrary, life’s most enjoyable moments – the times we would consider ourselves to be happiest – are usually formed […]

I pleasantly stumbled upon George Packer’s “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” while doing my usual perusing through the local book store, and I’m almost sure Packer’s audacious journalistic endeavor is my favorite book of the year thus far. Packer strolls through the Rust Belt, Wall Street, D.C., the Piedmont and into […]

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. ‘Tis a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson “Power” The calendar won’t declare it for another month, but it’s winter here in Trumansburg. That brash, cutting cold. And […]

I will now type a very adult sentence: I actually read something great in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal. A feature — “Who Ruined the Humanities?”, which is surprisingly un-WSJ and available without a pay wall here — touches on the meaninglessness of collegiate literary studies. Now the main takeaway from this whole screed […]