essays

The impossibility of self-starting and hatred for the homeless

In the 2000 film American Psycho, there is a scene in which Patrick Bateman, a wealthy Wall Street employee, condescends to a homeless person in an alley. "Do you have any idea what a fucking loser you are?" Bateman rhetorically asks the homeless person. He then kills the homeless person and a nearby dog in… Continue reading The impossibility of self-starting and hatred for the homeless

Personal writing

Literature: How to Read and Understand the World (Release Event)

Dear community, I have some very exciting news! If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, you’ll remember my book, “Literature: How to Read and Understand the World.” It’s out! It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads through Balboa Press (links below). For a reminder, “Literature: How to Read and Understand the… Continue reading Literature: How to Read and Understand the World (Release Event)

Interview/Talk

What does it mean to believe in ghosts? (spiritual talk)

What does it mean to believe in ghosts? Alternately, what does it mean not to? In what sense is belief in ghosts political? How can belief in ghosts affect our relationships? What is the difference between personal and collective ghosts, and what are some examples of the latter? Most importantly, how do we meet and… Continue reading What does it mean to believe in ghosts? (spiritual talk)