Essays

Dead Links

Tech titans gained power and wealth from the accumulation of data, but that doesn’t mean they are equipped to be long-term stewards of personal and collective memories.

Our Siege Is Long

Throughout his life, poet Muin Bseiso narrated the history of Palestinian struggle and criticized Western portrayals of Gaza. Today, Bseiso’s son dodges Israeli bombs to preserve his archives.

Name Drop, No Exit

“The Other Two” and a spate of recent comedies claim to mock celebrities while juicing their star power for references and cameos.

Sublime Neutrality

In contemporary fiction, “literary evil” has been replaced by “neurotics, malingerers, failed imposters”—but what are the consequences of this indifference to evil and the assumed moral neutrality?

Reboot, Squared

TV can’t reboot its way out of its past errors, any more than an individual can fix their past trauma by reliving it, over and over again.