This is Not a Think-piece on Jonathan Franzen’s “Purity”

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 [...]

This book is the Mic-Drop on the Subject of Creativity, Happiness

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 [...]

Put Simply, “Fourth of July Creek” is an Outstanding Novel Worth Picking Up

It’s been said that the mark of a good book is in the author’s ability to instill a sense of forgetfulness in the reader. That through a compelling story, sharp characters and some good, old fashioned surprises, the engrossed reader forgets he’s even inching through a book at all. Such books are always worth talking [...]

We’re All Screwed: A Word on ‘The Unwinding’

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 [...]

Out of a Chalk Circle

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 Mean, Academia Likely Ruined Reading for Most Folks, Right?

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 [...]