Reading History: “The Taming of the Queen” and Donald Trump

In the wake of November 8th, it's really difficult--nay, impossible--to not read and watch everything produced in the years leading up to Trump's electoral victory through the prism of the dystopian perspective he brings to the world. As a trained historicist--that is, one who views all cultural artifacts as existing in an ongoing relationship with … Continue reading Reading History: “The Taming of the Queen” and Donald Trump

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Goodbye, Appalachia

Dear Appalachia: I want to start this letter with a little anecdote. A couple of weeks ago, I reopened some of my journals from the months right before I was set to go to graduate school. In those pages, I talked about how I hoped to one day come back to my beautiful home state … Continue reading Goodbye, Appalachia

Weekly Rant: Why “Bernie or Bust” is Complete and Utter Political Suicide

Once upon a time, way back in 2003/2004, I was a devout and fanatical devotee of the Cult of Howard Dean. Here was a man, I thought, that represented the true liberal wing of the Democrat Party. This in contrast to the eventual nominee John Kerry, who I felt was far too moderate for my … Continue reading Weekly Rant: Why “Bernie or Bust” is Complete and Utter Political Suicide