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The Massachusetts Yankee in Bad Decline: a Review of “Selfie, Suicide: Cairey Turnbull’s Blue Skidoo”

Selfie, Suicide opens rather oddly, on our protagonist Cairey Turnbull digesting an eggs benedict and bottomless mimosas.  Immediately the language is notably ornate and on first glance comes off as pretentious, but it serves two important purposes.  First, it sets a tableau, in a sense similar to an opening sequence in an artistic movie. Notable […]

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The Epileptic and the Autist: Myshkin and Ippolit in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot

“For he did not care for pomp or wealth, nor even for public esteem, but cared only for truth!” -The Idiot, Part 4 Chapter 10 From what we have of the notebooks Dostoevsky used in planning The Idiot, it is clear that many of the characters underwent various revisions, excisions, and transformations, but none more […]

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The Real Right/Left and the Political OODA Loop

There has been some degree of contention as to whether the terms “left” and “right” actually confer anything of value to contemporary politics.  Ethno-nationalists agree with the Marxist Left about the state of Israel, environmentalism and capitalism, but diverge on egalitarian politics, hierarchy and tolerance for the various forms of non-conforming outliers in the LGBT […]

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