Celebrities don’t exist. Not really. They are characters in a public drama, which is why, whenever someone meets them — or rather, the person of the same name who plays them — there’s always an […]
Optimism — one of Superman’s often-overlooked superpowers.
16th century anti-papal political meme by Lucas Cranach the Elder: German peasants farting at the pope (1545). The whole fake news phenomenon is big and complicated and covers everything from the advent of social media, […]
Whether we like it or not, Algorithmic Intelligence is here to stay, and genuine Artificial Intelligence, even though not related, is probably coming at some point in the future. Just like genetic modification of food […]
Every time you hand off a book to beta readers, there’s a kind of lull in the life of an author. You know you’re going to get the manuscript back in a few weeks, and […]
The Atlantic’s Photos of the Week are a perpetually shocking reminder to me that it’s a great big world after all, and not just a human one, and that the nightly dramas being played on […]
I often find myself in the position of being an apologist for Japan. I don’t want to be, but a conjuncture of factors often compels it. For one, after so much time there, I have […]