The Principle of Inversion

If you look from a distance at our media talking about traditional religions, you find that “Hinduism” is reduced to the caste system and Hindu nationalism, “Islam” to fundamentalist or jihadi movements, and “Christianity” to the Catholic Church’s latest concession,…

Hard and Brittle Religions

  Why do some religions die out, while others persist in the face of brutal persecution? Religious diversity, while not completely analogous to biological diversity, has drastically diminished over the past two millennia; the Big Five resemble dominant and aggressive…

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Irrelevance

  With the American government sending drones overseas, with our military involved over the past decade in conflict after dirty conflict; with the largest incarcerated population in the world, and most of these prisoners being males of a specific, long-underprivileged…

Elitism and American Poetry

  The question of “the audience of poetry” is one that vexes poets and critics endlessly in our country. There are, on this as on so many other issues, two camps, and over the past twenty years or so, the same…

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