Deconstructing Distractions

Writing in his excellent Sentences blog, Wyatt Mason reminds us that intellectual labor has always been hard work, even in … More

The Power House

Walter Benjamin was interested in what he called the physiognomy of the thing world. He used one of his most … More


"We are annihilating melancholia," Professor Eric G. Wilson warns. Reading his essay, "In Praise of Melancholy," excerpted from his book Against … More


Back when I had spare time–i.e., before I had children–I sometimes played SimCity. As the game grew more realistic with … More