On the Metaphysics of Throwing Your Vote Away


As someone who is friendly with a lot of libertarians, I’ve spent much of the last few election cycles hearing them complain about others complaining that they (the libertarians) are throwing away their votes.

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher was one of 2012’s more pleasant surprises. Written and directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun), this tightly scripted and surprisingly funny thriller featured a compelling, no-nonsense hero in the form of Tom Cruise’s Reacher and a surprising, chilling, Teutonic villain in the form of legendary director Werner Herzog. It may not have been high art, but it was damn fun.

Fan Theories Are Bad

THEORY: Your theory about these characters is dumb and bad

I’ve highlighted my distaste for fan theories before, so I’m not going to rehash that here. I just want to briefly call attention to this fine essay by David Roark over at First Things about the ways in which fan theories are, at heart, anti-art. Here’s Roark:

Sweaters, Ranked

Ken Bone, area meme

Everyone loves Ken Bone not because Ken Bone is a high-minded philosopher or an everyman struggling to get by, but because Ken Bone rocks a red quarter-zip like nobody’s business. Ken Bone is great because Ken Bone reminds us that the best season is autumn, when one can really work on one’s layering game.

In the spirit of Ken Bone, then, allow me to offer the following ranking of sweaters/sweater-like apparel. All sweaters are great, but some are greater than others.

UVA Jettisons Free Speech Over Fear of Backlash


A friend recently brought to my attention the fact that the University of Virginia* forced a lecturer to resign after he made some (frankly, boneheaded) comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. After comparing BLM to the Klan (well, the “clan,” sic), Doug Muir was met with protests and the restaurant he runs with threats of boycotts. Reeling from several years of bad press—most of it bullshit brought about by the one-two punch of a fraudulent Rolling Stone article about sexual assault and an over-zealous police officer who has no affiliation with the University manhandling a black student in front of a bar—the University quickly washed their hands of Mr. Muir:

Trump Won, I Guess?


I think Donald Trump won. He seemed more focused than in the first debate. He didn’t go off the rails, as he easily could have given his … difficulties this week. He pushed back against the moderators—who were hopelessly biased; who managed to confirm every fear and hatred that the average GOP voter has about MSM types—and did a good job of highlighting the absurdity of Anderson and Martha’s behavior.

‘The Birth of a Nation’ Review

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation isn’t as compelling a glimpse into the horrors of slavery as 12 Years a Slave. Nor is it as epic as previous films about uprisings, such as Braveheart or Spartacus. Though it features several commanding performances and has a number of heartrending moments, Nate Parker’s retelling of Nat Turner’s rebellion feels loosely strung together and, ultimately, lacking in dramatic tension.