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The Graphomaniac

The Graphomaniac

I won’t bother lying. I ran across the absurdly prolific blogger and novelist...

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The Straw Man Zone

The Straw Man Zone

If I could eradicate one sin from the world, I would free writers and journalists...

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Frank Fleming’s Superior Man

Frank Fleming’s Superior Man

The Internet is great for finding free couches, but the news cycle to which it is...

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More People, More Nonsense

More People, More Nonsense

It’s not often that a Salon writer produces a lit piece that doesn’t make me...

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Science Fiction for the Fourth Generation

Science Fiction for the Fourth Generation

Here’s a brilliant idea for an anthology: collect essays about the changing face...

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Momus, God of Scorn

Momus, God of Scorn

I’m not interested in winning, but in thinking. I’d rather be perplexed than...

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Houellebecq and Cassandra

Houellebecq and Cassandra

So Michel Houellebecq quit promoting his new book. Instead he’s hiding out...

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Good Advice, Bad Examples

Good Advice, Bad Examples

I can’t resist a writing style guide, especially one that promises to be lively....

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2014’s Top Abominations in Books and Journalism

2014’s Top Abominations in Books and Journalism

You can blame the kids, the Internet, pus in the milk, IngSoc English professors,...

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Ceasefire

Ceasefire

The rigged game of publishing is no less rotten today than on any other, but...

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A Kinder, Gentler Colonialism

A Kinder, Gentler Colonialism

I’m still not sure why half of the French press members who still have enough...

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Anomie en Masse

Anomie en Masse

I love those sweet, fleeting moments of near-lucidity when the janitors at the...

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Pay to Play

Pay to Play

Like most of the readers and writers I know, I’m still painfully agnostic about...

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Learning Not to Love

Learning Not to Love

Making fun of millennials is all kinds of fish-in-a-barrel fun. Their creepy,...

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