The Inhumanity of Transgressive Fiction

I’ve written in the past about dishonesty at work among the avant-garde. I say this because the “art” that so often emerges from such waters is rarely objectively beautiful, technically brilliant, or conceptually ingenious. Rather, its power seems to lie in its ability to shock and flatter. But there is another kind of deceptive exhibition that... Continue Reading →

On George Floyd (And the Desolation of Mobs)

America appears to have caught fire—both literally and metaphorically. Over the last few days it seems that everyone with a secret ire has come out either to smash windows, graffiti the white house, or throw things at the police. Somewhere in the midst of this eruption of wrath there is genuine and understandable upset at... Continue Reading →

In Pursuit of Mindful Nonconformity

Before we begin, I'm going to prologue this post so readers don't assume I'm a thoughtless cow for not addressing COVID-19. At this point, my general feeling is that the internet has had about all it can take of lay contribution to infectious disease research and that any new information is likely going to come... Continue Reading →

Drag Kids and a Heap of Millstones

The most tragic forty-five minutes in history has just been aired on Canada’s main broadcasting network. It’s called Drag Kids, and it claims to be “a daring and touching portrait of four kids chasing freedom and friendship through the art of drag.”  Though couched in terms which suggest an epic quest, the aforementioned “portrait” essentially... Continue Reading →

Humanity Among the Tents

There is always the danger of dehumanization on behalf of those urging the immediate eviction of the homeless in Victoria Park. This approach, equally selfish and irresponsible, considers the best response to social “problems” is to shuffle them into a soundproof cupboard. However, I believe an equal, if more subtle, dehumanity may still be hard... Continue Reading →

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