Why are you poor? That was the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asked in cities and villages around the globe. The result of Vollmann’s fearless inquiry is a view of poverty unlike any previously offered.
Gilead is the fictional autobiography of John Ames, an elderly congregationalist pastor in the small, secluded town of Gilead, Iowa who knows that he is dying of a heart condition. At the beginning of the book, it is 1957, and Ames explains that he is writing an account of his life for his seven-year-old son, who will have few memories of him.
Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger released in May 1953.
Naomi Klein explores the effects of Milton Friedman’s neoliberal fantasies on the modern political and economic landscapes.
Herein I explain what I’m currently doing to try to remake my life.
Jung delves into the dilemma of the individual in mass society.
Austin Kleon explores ten things nobody told you about being creative.
Herein I reproduce the salient parts of a conversation I recently participated in on Facebook about the anti-social safety net rhetoric so common on social networking sites.
Herein I post an extended response to the claims made in a Facebook discussion thread by a man who deals with the waste water created by the hydraulic fracking process.
Herein a Metafilter commenter explains what ought to be done with liars.
Herein I describe a disturbing dream a friend recently had about me.
Herein a response to the first episode of the first season of AMC’s Mad Men.
Luise Schmidt is an ordinary secretary with a burning question: am I a redundant human being?
Herein my friend R— gets hardcore on the air drums.