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Octopuses, not Obsession

I’m a real easy guy to buy gifts for. If you see a toy octopus or something with an octopus on it, look no...

Jumping Axis, Producing Trauma

  So, The Hunger Games book is about a battle of personal survival, fought by a girl. The Hunter Games movie is different. It’s about a nascent war of...

The Palazzo Diaries

I first met my father in my early thirties. It sounds like a classic case of Freud’s family romance fantasy, but my father actually...

Awkward Ages

For a while now I’ve been thinking about prophecy, counterfactuals, and time out of joint in twentieth-century adolescence. I’ve been searching under a lot...

Expedition to Adulthood

It’s summer in New York and cool deals on food and concerts abound. The abundance is such that September will roll around and you’ll...

Drunk Historiography

I avidly follow the sketch series Drunk History. From the first sketch I felt that shared recognition, that moment of contact that readers of nineteenth-century literature will...