The Star Wars Name Blender

Jyn, Cassian, Baze Malbus, Bistan, Chirrut – these are just a few of the Rogue One characters, an unmemorable blitz of names that reads like the fevered output of the…

Dispatches – Get Ready…

Get ready for more conversations like the following… “I read a story about a story about Trump? That he paid some Russian to pee on him…?” “I heard that. But…

Graham Greene, Power and the Glory

“Hate was just a failure of imagination.” (The Power and the Glory, Penguin ed. pg. 131) – only slightly more inspiring than the words of Dr. Ben Carson: “It will…

Dispatches – Picking on VW

This particular discussion inadvertently veered into insightful observations on a current event and its implications for modern society: “You hear it’s been a year since Volkswagen got caught cheating on…

Dispatches – What Pootin Wants

We live in interesting political times, if interesting can be a euphemism for society weighed down by populations living in opaque bubbles, blind to their own braindead expositions: “These pretzels…

Should have seen Drumpf coming

Infinite Jest has many layers of awesomeness, tough in places but always worth the price of admission, which requires true commitment given its 1,000+ pages and 300+ endnotes. Among its…