My friend Villate developed a definition for ”politiporn” and in this guest post describes a phenomenon that is only continuing to grow. politiporn (n.): images or text (often enhanced, manipulated or taken out of context) intended to 1) dehumanize and objectify those with whom one disagrees politically or ideologically; 2) incite feelings of anger, contempt, fear, and hatred against political figures or [...]

Prozac Nation came out at the end of my first year in college. Kurt Cobain killed himself the next year. Today seems completely disconnected from that time, but here is Elizabeth Wurtzel still writing the same thing at 45. Here are the suicides of David Foster Wallace and Aaron Swartz. According to Wurtzel the reader is a cliche and she [...]

Last night Aaron had fallen asleep on the couch of the most disgusting Embassy Suites in America. Now the sun had been up a couple of hours and he hadn’t made a sound. I had been certain for about a week that something was going to prevent me from getting on my cruise ship that afternoon, and I started to [...]

Writing About a Book is a Gift

The first Christmas at college I gave editions of Krishnamurti to every relative I knew. A story so common and obnoxious it does not even require description. This is what people do when they give books isn’t it? Demand attention toward the book for some purpose. Demand attention toward a book because you liked to read it. It’s even worse [...]

Winning a patent case isn’t winning.  Patents protect products that aren’t the best, brands that no one cares about, and insiders that can’t related to the public. Winning is making a product people love. Being so awesome that people steal your name instead of your product.  Knowing what is really going on instead of what you wish were going on. [...]

“Remember when all the #NRA guys said that Travon Martin would still be alive if he’d had a concealed 9mm? Me neither.” -John Fugelsang That’s a year in a tweet right there. The top 10 headlines of year, compiled by Time on the 12th of December–before Sandy Hook, before the NRA press conference, before the tweet–are no picnic either. Somehow, [...]

Are you good at making New Year’s Resolutions full of SMART goals and paired with Stop Doing Goals? Already drafting your top 10 list for 2013? Great. Let’s go back over that list and make it social (and a little shorter too). Do you know about Lewis Latimer, the African-American inventor of the mass production light bulb? Fortunately his patent [...]