Organic Tinder

Will: I can’t bring myself to use Tinder. All the people I’ve had romantic attachments with, I met organically.

Kyle: Tinder can be organic. You just have to meet at vegan restaurants.

Anarchists may not like it, but cameras are everywhere

Activists chant on Feldenstraße.
The noise of the demonstration subsided to a dull roar. Occasionally the sharp “Bang!” of a teargas canister leaving a riot gun echoed through the streets of Rudolfsheim, Vienna’s 15th district. I walked down Löhrgasse to Felberstraße, turned left and saw a crowd of “Anti-Faschisten,” maybe 70 or 80 people strong, jogging down the street […]Read This

Contra journalism [1]

It seems to me curious, not to say obscene and thoroughly terrifying, that it could occur to an association of human beings drawn together through need and chance and for profit into a company, an organ of journalism, to pry intimately into the lives of an undefended and appallingly damaged group of human beings, an ignorant and helpless rural family, for the purpose of parading the nakedness, disadvantage and humiliation of these lives before another group of human beings, in the name of science, of “honest journalism” (whatever that paradox may mean), of humanity, of social fearlessness, for money, and for a reputation for crusading and for unbias which, when skillfully enough qualified, is exchangeable at any bank for money … and that these people could be capable of meditating this prospect without the slightest doubt of their qualification to do an “honest” piece of work, and with a conscience better than clear, and in the virtual certitude of almost unanimous public approval.

~ James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Oedipus at Versailles

Oedipus rejects Polynices
Tragedy has obsessed me—probably to the point of alienating my friends and family—since I took a course on the “philosophical and religious dimensions of Greek tragedy” in college. That course convinced me that the great tragic authors had their fingers on the pulse of something hugely important, something critical but largely forgotten in our time. […]Read This