Joseph Allen

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Joseph Allen climbs steel structures and solves math equations for a living—typically at the behest of appalling pop bands. It is a labor of love amid objects of contempt. His spare time is split between reading, writing, and more recently, mountaineering.


Diversity Training

T.G.I. Fridroids

T.G.I. Fridroids

May 13, 2014

Recruitment software start-up Entelo just released a brave new product:

Hollywood

No Room on the Ark

No Room on the Ark

April 03, 2014

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah accomplishes what any great myth should: it

Deep Thoughts

No Light at the End of the Cosmos

No Light at the End of the Cosmos

March 18, 2014

There is no magic in the new Cosmos—no angels or demons, no dragons in Eden,

Modern Weapons

Learning to Laugh at Stereotypes

Learning to Laugh at Stereotypes

March 13, 2014

Of all the millions of ways to be an asshole, the status quo regards

Pop Music

Mr. Waters, Tear Down Your Own Wall!

Mr. Waters, Tear Down Your Own Wall!

July 07, 2012

I watched Pink Floyd’s trippy rock opera The Wall on VHS at least a dozen

Low Life

Losers at the Game of Life

Losers at the Game of Life

April 28, 2012

People often compare video gamers to crackheads, but that’s unfair. Crackheads

Evolution

Pop Evolution: The New Evangelicalism

Pop Evolution: The New Evangelicalism

April 20, 2012

Did life evolve by purely natural processes? Could random mutation and natural

Cultural Caviar

Fundamental Contradictions About Easter

Fundamental Contradictions About Easter

April 07, 2012

“What day did Jesus die on?” my friend asked. “It was on Christmas,

Tech Overload

Google Goggles

Google Goggles

April 02, 2012

As if smart phones weren’t irritating enough, by the end of the year people

Takimag Classic

Race: Real and Surreal

Race: Real and Surreal

March 23, 2012

I tried to go into the 2012 American Renaissance conference without prejudice,

Pop Music

Jesus Returns (in a Tour Bus)

Jesus Returns (in a Tour Bus)

March 18, 2012

Christian rock is just like any other music that sucks, except it’s played for

Wild Things

Thar’s Meth in Them Thar Hills

Thar’s Meth in Them Thar Hills

March 12, 2012

Two years ago Oak Ridge, TN housed the world’s fastest supercomputer. Even

Tech Overload

Smash Nomophobia!

Smash Nomophobia!

March 05, 2012

Nomophobia, or “no-mobile-phobia,” sounds as stupid as luposlipaphobia. At

Pop Music

The Boredom of Whoredom

The Boredom of Whoredom

September 11, 2011

A good woman is hard to find, especially if you’re a rigger. That’s my job,

Cultural Caviar

Male Gays and the Male Gaze

Male Gays and the Male Gaze

July 15, 2011

It’s amazing what a man will do for love. To please my girlfriend, I recently

Manhunt

Election Eve 2008: A Bad Night to be White in Harlem

Election Eve 2008: A Bad Night to be White in Harlem

November 17, 2010

Two years ago, I was invited to an Election Eve party in Harlem. I found New

Tech Overload

Cybershark Feeding Frenzy

Cybershark Feeding Frenzy

October 20, 2010

The perverse coupling of surveillance and exhibitionism forms a cornerstone of

Culture Clash

Beyond the Burqa: America’s Role in Regulating Taste

Beyond the Burqa: America’s Role in Regulating Taste

September 29, 2010

France’s recent “Burqa Ban” has provoked all the global indignation and

Death of Rock 'n' Roll

Bonnaroo: From Harmless Hippie Fest to Corporate Scam

Bonnaroo: From Harmless Hippie Fest to Corporate Scam

June 21, 2010

In a perfect world, we would be stuffed together in plastic tents under the hot

Pop Music

Why I Quit Touring with The Black Eyed Peas

Why I Quit Touring with The Black Eyed Peas

May 19, 2010

Last year I toured with the Black Eyed Peas on their Japan/Australia run. It