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Albion II

Harold Bloom has said that Blake’s prophetic work is “in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language,” and now that I’ve read all of Albion, I would like to propose this poem as a rival. I’m not so crazy as to think it’s as good as The Four […]

Demographics Gotta Demographic

(I’m going to assume you, dear reader, have already read The Age of Demographics and if not in agreement with it at least willing to treat it as hypothetically true.) Most people are pretty good at signaling their demographics, and no one’s going to confuse a swot for a blot or a square for a […]

Signaling and Tragedies

I found this tweet in the archives. We all saw it back in the day and we all decided (“vile,” “jackass,” “disgusting“) it went too far. I’m not here to defend either the politics or attitude of Brienne of Snarth, both of which I think are too silly really to react to; but I’m not […]

Too Little, Too Late: The Kavanaugh Hearings

It’s 2019, what’s the thing you care the least about at the moment? The Kavanaugh hearings? Okay then, let’s talk about them. Because I think almost everything anyone said about the hearings is wrong. I know I pick on the left a lot, so I should probably pause a moment to address the rightwing bromide […]


“Are such things done on Albion’s shore?” –Blake Hey, I want to talk about a long poem from 1822. It’s not the best poem of the 1820s—a decade that saw Keats, Shelley, Byron, and Blake die off one by one—but it is one of the greatest, and certainly the most remarkable, It’s completely unreadable. It […]

The Perils of Vaccinations

I think we may all be making a mistake in our interpretation of the anti-vaxx “movement.” I don’t mean that you shouldn’t vaccinate your kids (or yourselves) of course. Anti-vaxxers are wrong about that! But they’re not wrong if they say that vaccination is not 100% harmless. Before you send me a bunch of links […]

Participation in This Multi-Billion-Dollar Marketing Orgy is Mandatory

A friend on social media posed the question: What are your pop cultural red flags? and among the many replies was one—well, I’m quoting it, which is probably immoral, but I’m anonymizing the whole thing, because I’m not so very bad: “…I’m going to say ‘men who dislike The Last Jedi.’ Like, I’m sure that […]