Smoke from Underground

“But the fire will outlive them all, and me. It will outlive my grandchildren and perhaps the human species. It has been burning for so long that it’s possible to forget that it started at the town dump. Centralia is the site of a disaster that sounds too stupid to be real, a trash fire that will inherit the earth.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 7, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,875 words)

Stammer Time

Barry Yeoman, a man with a lifelong stutter, suggests that while society mostly views a stutter as a disability, stammering really isn’t the problem at all. The real problem that needs to be cured is the assumption that those who stutter are somehow deficient.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,864 words)

Strike With the Band

“Classical musicianship is better understood as a job, a shitty job.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,772 words)

The Women Who Knew Too Much

As Niela Orr looks at Black women characters in horror films like “Us,” “Ghost,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” and “Scream,” she uncovers a throughline: “Black women have been humiliated and punished, in horror cinema as in life, for our incisiveness, for wondering aloud, for trying to get some answers.”

Author: Niela Orr
Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 2, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,905 words)

Close Encounters of the Digital Kind

“The idea seems to be that we all live in the great database in the sky, occasionally summoning aliens with our minds.” Emily Harnett explores Silicon Valley’s appropriation of UFO culture.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 8, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,666 words)

Consolation Prizes

“People don’t necessarily revolt when things are bad, but they might when things aren’t getting better, or are getting demonstrably worse.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 7, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,745 words)

Astrology Year Zero

“For the hardcore enthusiast, with the software and the charts, astrology seemed at most an intricate hobby, convertible to modest profit at only the highest level, like translating Scandinavian languages or freelance writing.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 14, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,922 words)

The Whitest News You Know

If there’s one clear moral to adduce from the horrifically prostrate coverage of the Trump movement’s white-nationalist profile in the mainstream press, it’s that the white-dominated media simply doesn’t care about changing in any meaningful way.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

The Rise of the Mindful Museum

When you meditate at the art museum, you appreciate neither the meditation or the art: discuss.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,022 words)

American Ghostwriter

An adventure as the Man Behind the Curtain for memoirs of the uber-rich.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 1, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)