This is a longish (~4,000 words) essay about why people still go back to Tom Clancy's books, how they're both toxic and really relevant to American life in 2019, and how Clancy wrote the purest distillation of the World of the Boomer Dads. I swear it's also a lot more fun to read than this makes it sound.
magic science: cartoons, essays, and an ongoing manifesto [more inside]
@Play, my old four-year column on roguelike games, play, history, theory and development, has returned.
I'm about to move away from DC after living here for 10 years; I know that "I'm leaving town" pieces are trendy now, but I wanted to reflect back on the positive ways that living in DC has affected me and enriched my life [though a few do stray from this main topic] via a series of short essays & photoessays on a daily Tumblr. The goal has been to churn through a lot of ideas rather than make something perfect--more NaNoWriMo than Goodbye to All That.
I woke up the other day and realized I'd written, revised, and hidden away (for months, years!) the three greatest literary works of the millennium. Now, like all good things, they're on Amazon: a collection of weird little stories in the form of a catalogue of worlds; a collection of essays, arguments, repetitions, flimflam, and repetitions; and what appears to be a book-length essay about Phish's Fall 1997 tour. Reviews have been kind (see project link). YOU'RE WELCOME, METAFILTER. [more inside]
Future fantasies/current anxieties. Movie reviews/cultural theory essays on future-themed cinema. [more inside]
A collection of essays, articles, videos, and links on worker cooperatives in (and around) the United States. The library section was inspired by a mefi comment in a thread on the benefits of cooperatives a while back: i'd believe it, but i need scholarly references. got any? The map section seems to be the most popular so far.