Category Archive for "Speculation and Wonder"

Blackstar – The Beauty of David Bowie

David Bowie died on January 10th. For me, he leaves behind him a mixed, but wondrous legacy; the work of a man who was in a state of perpetual growth and change. He adopted personas and pursued the latest trends,…

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The Black Swan

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher, once said that, “I secretly think reality exists so that we can speculate about it.” And it has a strange way of aligning itself with our expectations and assumptions—especially the unspoken ones. Because of this ideological…

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A Universe from Nothing – a review

I love physics. I love science. I’m one of those guys who gets flabbergasted and tongue tied at the thought of the incredible journey that our species, our planet, even our constituent elements took to get here. I understand well…

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America’s Orwellian Problem: Political Language and Democracy

Every undergrad in America today knows the term “Orwellian.” It’s pretty quickly inserted into the armory of would-be political scientists and armchair philosophers as a means of describing discourse that is designed to serve political ends and obfuscate truth. And…

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The Anatomy of the YA Novel

Today I found myself reflecting on the YA novel, and the underlying formula that makes them work. After all, a lot of writers really want to develop these – partly because the market is so active (and likely over saturated,…

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Global English

I love English. As a language, I am constantly inspired by its power to convey, often beautifully, such a delight of ideas and senses. Of course, I recognize that power that other tongues have to fill in the gaps that...
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