Review: Friday Night Lights, The Series

One of the countless bounties of the digital age is the emergence of serialized television as an art form that routinely exceeds movies in its ability to present meaningful, in-depth character studies. Cable television, with early masterpieces such as The Sopranos and...

Empowering Assholes

Children, from an early age, are taught to “play nice” with others. They are taught manners, they are taught to respect others and their things, they are taught that sharing is caring, they are taught that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,...

Review: The Americans on FX

After seeing endless hype about how the FX series The Americans is one of the best shows on television, I decided to dive in despite my reservations about the premise. The show, for those unaware, is about Soviet spies posing as an American couple. It takes place in...

It’ll Be Us, Not The Robots

The comedian and television auteur Louis CK once observed that he didn’t let his kids onto social media, because social media lacks the immediate feedback that personal interactions provide. A kid that hurts another’s feelings face to face can instantly...

Narcissistic Opinions

I am a libertarian, which means I’m used to being a political minority and drawing puzzlement from others. I am also a fan of heavy metal music, which means I’m used to being a musical minority and drawing puzzlement from others. The latter is often in the...