On Not Knowing: Column at 3 Quarks Daily

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Irony and the English Department

June 10, 2019

Irony is innocence after experience. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Backstreet Boys, and the English department.



April 15, 2019

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. On taste, Ty Segall, and playing it loud.

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Innocence, Dearie

February 18, 2019

They weren’t virgins. Neither was the world. On innocence and Blossom Dearie.


What Cause There Is for Caroling

December 24, 2018

Down here things may look down—but look up there! On Joy Williams and hope in winter.


On Not Knowing: An Introduction

October 29, 2018

Should hobbled ponies pretend to leap? Why we need to live with our ignorance; why we need ignorance to live.