The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain My rating: 4 of 5 stars Much is made, from a critical perspective, of the improbability of a young white boy from 1840s Missouri learning to respect a black man as his … Continue reading

All Things Shining, review/interview on Colbert Report

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Sean Dorrance Kelly Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive In the video above (aired last night), Colbert interviews Sean Dorrance Kelly on his new book, … Continue reading

Eleven days, Wikileaks, and revolutionary technology

Eleven days had already passed since the original disclosures [in the New York Times], and no catastrophes had occurred. Government concerns about potential national-security crises were nothing but speculation and surmise. The link between publication and consequences, [Alexander] Bickel argued, … Continue reading

Industries of Cruelty

Less than a week after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals employees in North Carolina faced charges of cruelty for performing anesthetized euthanasia on unwanted animals, then tossing them in dumpsters, the state’s council of commissioners had to vote … Continue reading

Gender Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty System

Abstract: Although the demographics on male versus female death-row prisoners suggest that males are the criminal justice system’s primary targets, I argue that the system also discriminates against women. Utilizing contemporary feminist theories of gender, I argue that female prisoners … Continue reading

moral habits

Over lunch the other day, I was talking with a friend about habits. We were talking about food, about why I’m vegan, and I was saying that at this point it’s easier for me to just keep on eating vegetarian … Continue reading

The Nature of Violence

Written when I was a wee lad of 19, I had all but forgotten about this piece until I recently stumbled upon a college friend’s website where he is hosting archives of an online journal project he and I were … Continue reading