Stop Misquoting Leonard Cohen and Ernest Hemingway. Start Listening and Reading.

Consider the misquote. It lies in that same realm as citing fake news or reading only the headline. Misquoting is certainly nothing new, but the internet allows a fake quote to be retweeted a thousand times before the truth has even clicked send. I've written about this before, of course. In the summer of 2015, I wrote …

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Why This Website Displays No Ads

You may wonder—or perhaps you may not—why this blog displays no ads. Nothing encouraging you to go to other sites, nothing in this margins, nothing at the bottom of the page. You will not be nudged toward fantasy sports, discount shopping, weight loss remedies, or ways to make extra money by working at home. I do not …

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Twelve Questions and Answers About The Moonborn (with No Spoilers)

I've received a number of questions about The Moonborn: or, Moby-Dick on the Moon, my novel that came out on Monday, November 14th. While I love getting questions about it, I decided to put together this list for people who might have questions and would like an easy answer. Note that there are no spoilers, …

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The 10 Best Moby-Dick Homages, Adaptations, and Celebrations

Happy Birthday, Moby-Dick! Not the whale, but the book. 165 years ago today, Herman Melville's epic novel was published in America for the first time. (A different version of it had come out in England one month earlier, but today is accepted as the anniversary of the version the world knows). In honor of this …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Kurt Vonnegut: How to Finally Start Reading Vonnegut’s Novels

There has never been a better time to start reading Kurt Vonnegut. To begin with, today is his 94th birthday. Second, we appear to be living inside one of his novels, with an egocentric billionaire slouching toward the White House, the National Anthem at the center of controversy, and our entire existence increasingly descending into a parody of …

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What Would Kurt Vonnegut Say About the 2016 Election?

Or, When Did We Start Living in a Fictional Satire? I've compared recent events—and, in particular, this presidential election—to many things: Armageddon, Alien, every Batman story, and almost every '90s action movie. But there is one painful metaphor that I have not explored: the 2016 election appears to have been written by writer and satirist Kurt Vonnegut. I first …

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The Short Story I Wrote Inspired by Wes Anderson and Carlos Castaneda

You may have noticed this blog's recent lowered activity. Nothing new since early August, with only a handful of new posts since the beginning of summer. What is the deal, you may ask. Where is your latest needless fan theory? Where is my latest exhaustive Batman dissection? How have you still not reacted to the most …

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What Would F. Scott Fitzgerald Say About the Ghostbusters Reboot Controversy?

If you haven't noticed, there is a very heated and very strange argument occurring right now in certain circles of the internet. It's about Ghostbusters. There are two sides to this argument: The new Ghostbusters is going to be the worst movie of all time. It won't be funny and it does not honor the original …

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Is There a Connection Between Bran Stark and “Uncle John’s Band”?

In a previous blog post, I investigated the possibility that George R.R. Martin took inspiration for Arya Stark's storyline from the song "Dire Wolf," by the Grateful Dead. I'm far from the first person to make connections between Martin's words and the Dead's lyrics, as this has been a topic of speculation and deduction for years. But …

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Some Commenters Just Want to Watch the Internet Burn

A strange thing happened today. Those of you who have read this blog with any regularity will recall my True Detective review in which I offered a fan theory about the fate of Ross Geller's son, Ben. It was a strange blog post, in that it ended up being a theory about a show I haven't …

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