I wrote a spontaneous piece on the tensions between cultural/intellectual accessibility and ambition that under later scrutiny wasn't quite up to snuff. Instead of publishing something sub par or discard it I used it as a jumping off point for discussing the nature of creative work, writing and thinking in general. Read more (13 min, 4200 words).
A little break, featuring some music I wrote. Read more (600 words).
Responding to a post on Suspended Reason, I talk about how underwhelming conceptual art is, why it's more subjective than other kinds and why it's highly regarded even though it shouldn't be. Read more (14 min, 3500 words)
In the second annual Everything Studies article about the Eurovision Song Contest, I analyze all the votes from the last twelve years to find out whether "block voting” is the result of similar tastes. Read more (10 min, 2600 words)
Reading David Foster Wallace’s ”Infinite Jest” over a period of six months provoked a lot of thought about what makes a good book and why I didn’t particularly care for this one. Read more (16 min, 3900 words)
Listening to music in a language you don’t understand creates a different experience. Without the meaning distracting you, you’re able to appreciate the actual sounds more.Read more (400 words)
An explanation of why I love the gaudy spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s pure, unadulterated fun on the surface, and a rich, complex culture underneath. Its history and structure mirrors the society in which it exists.Read more (3800 words)