Monthly Archives: August 2017

You God Damn Millennials are Killing All of America’s Shittiest Businesses

Not pictured in foreground: Anything that actually does anything even remotely beneficial for your laundry. Earlier this evening, Comrade Levine helped ease the pain by sharing this article¬†to his Facebook wall, an otherwise routine piece of hysteria about Those Damn Millennials and all of the ways in which we are unacceptably changing society. Strangely, most […]

Images of my suburban dreamworld: 12

No sign of Jack or Diane

Images of my suburban dreamworld: 11

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Looking for Black Civil War Veterans in Rahway New Jersey

Rahway is an ancient town in New Jersey with an ancient cemetery. According to the website of the “Merchants and Drovers Tavern” (an inn dating from the Revolutionary War that has been turned into a museum) there are almost three hundred Civil War Veterans buried in Rahway Cemetery, twenty nine of whom were black. Rahway […]

Images of my suburban dreamworld: 10

Another New Jerseyan gone off to that big suburb in the sky.

Detroit (2017)

Kathryn Bigelow has directed good movies. The long chase scene in Point Break where Patrick Swayze throws a pit bull at Keanu Reeves is just an entertaining piece of cinema. She’s also directed bad movies. Zero Dark Thirty was not only propaganda for the CIA and the “war on terror.” It was dull, bloated, and […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates (accidentally) makes the case for HBO’s Confederate

Few things unite liberals and leftists on social media these days like April Reign’s call for a boycott of David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’s proposed HBO miniseries. Their argument seems to be twofold. First, the plot itself, an alternative history that imagines a Confederate victory in the United States Civil War, is simply too dangerous […]

Space Seed (1967)

While people sometimes remark that the first interracial kiss on American television took place between William Shatner as Captain James Kirk and Michelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura on November 22, 1968, it’s not even the first interracial kiss on Star Trek. Whether or not Ricardo Montalb√°n would have been considered “white” in 1967 — and […]

Utopia, Dystopia, and the Clockwork Orange Effect

While most fiction has an element of the the utopian — has anybody fallen quite so immediately and passionately in love as Romeo and Juliet? — or the dystopian — was London really as bad during the Industrial Revolution as it is depicted in the novels of Charles Dickens? — the modern “dystopian novel” as […]