Category: Art

  • beware and abjure, now and always, ideologies constructed around settlement

    Quoting “for truth”, as we used to say—or, perhaps more truthfully, quoting for the almost adrenal relief of reading someone else say something you’ve been thinking/feeling for ages. Jake Casella Brookins takes an end-of-year turn on the mic at Ancillary Review, and it’s quite the blazer: Amidst much larger (and fatuous) claims about the moral…

  • mixing McLuhan and Marx (Butlerian coda)

    Sometimes you write a thing in a fit of emotional response, and then the universe sidles up, says “oh, that pushed your buttons, did it?” and offers you another hit, and you demonstrate your own weakness to yourself once again, returning like a dog to its own vomit, because it’s just too damned perfect an…

  • Butlerian jihad (slight return)

    I have mostly tried to avoid both consuming and contributing to The “AI” Discourse, having in essence made my point almost a year ago and encountered little since then that has served to do anything but reinforce my feelings on the matter. But I’m breaking that fast for this observation, which is really (and perhaps…

  • a fundamental shift in our understanding of where ecofiction might productively occur

    Some interesting thoughts at LARB from one Martin Dolan on open-world games like the new Zelda as ecofictional media. I haven’t played any of the Zelda games—and as I remarked to Jay Springett a while back, I sometimes feel like the only person in the universe who has never been involved with that franchise, though…

  • political problems cannot be solved on the aesthetic level

    After getting irked by reviews of Oppenheimer, Adam Kotsko wrote a short thing that feels to me like it’s the missing piece to that Sam Kriss essay I excerpted last week, which has been—as the kids say—living rent-free in my head ever since. Kotsko has an interesting and very valuable insight into “culture war” stuff,…