Carnival or Campaign? Locating Robin Hood and the Carnivalesque in the U.S. Presidential Race

“Fundamental reform to expand and deepen our democracy, we know from America’s history, follows from one thing only: mass movements.”  —Robert Weissman, Public Citizen News, January/February 2016 SERIOUS VIEWING of the televised campaign to select... Read More

All Right Then, I’ll Go to Hell Mark Twain’s Unchained Years

FOR AMERICANS, Mark Twain is something akin to gravity, a massive and foundational force whose magnificence has worn off through familiarity. We all read Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper in... Read More

In All the White Spaces Adventures in Niche Dating

ONLINE DATING is challenging, to say the least. I don’t know any online dater who hasn’t experienced at least a couple of awkward encounters, mixed signals, or creepy vibes before finding who they’re looking for... Read More

When the Human in Humanism Isn’t Enough

Humanism has long been one of the most important progressive forces in the development of world culture. It has always championed reason and argued against irrational fracturing of the human species into camps of “us... Read More

New Atheism, Meet Existential Risk Studies

While the New Atheist movement isn’t, and has never been, a monolithic phenomenon, its primary motivating idea can be reduced to a single statement, namely that religion is not merely wrong, but dangerous. In fact,... Read More