The Futility of Argument with a Sixteen Year Old Nincompoop: A Case Study

by Leora Jasper “Isn’t Shakespeare, like, irrelevant?” In front of me sat a blonde Justin Bieber facsimile whose limbs hung over the sides of the chair like the exposed, overgrown roots of a willow. Feet adorned with Nikes, chest emblazoned with Champion, they sipped a hot chocolate above a perilously positioned pair of new whiteContinue reading “The Futility of Argument with a Sixteen Year Old Nincompoop: A Case Study”

A Voice From The Whirlwind (2.18.21)

by The Deity I break my long silence to commemorate the death of the late, great Rush Limbaugh. The Presidential Medal of Honor recipient will be missed. Just kidding. I parted the clouds this morning because I have been thinking about the grand pleasures of television depicting the so-called “Middle” Ages. (Middle of what, exactly?Continue reading “A Voice From The Whirlwind (2.18.21)”

A Voice From The Whirlwind (1.26.2021)

by The Deity I have received criticism in recent days for using this column to contemplate the simple and easy; for seeing it fit to spend words on topics some characterize as cliche. I hardly know what to say except to point out that my sentences are composed for my own enjoyment, as well asContinue reading “A Voice From The Whirlwind (1.26.2021)”

More Readers, Fewer Writers

by Leora Jasper Mark Twain famously warned all readers of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to not search his work for motive, moral, or plot; individuals who trespassed into this forbidden literary territory risked prosecution, banishment, and execution, which are punishments I suspect the author Italo Calvino fantasized for his own readers. Italo Calvino createsContinue reading “More Readers, Fewer Writers”

On The Deity’s Flagrant Incompetence

by Leora Jasper “What fresh hell is this?” I cried as I opened the most recent offering by this site’s resident Deity and foremost expert on intellectual piracy. After The Deity’s first post, I enumerated its failings in an unapologetic critique. I thought perhaps they would reconsider another submission to this site after comprehending theirContinue reading “On The Deity’s Flagrant Incompetence”

On Brotherhood

by Leora Jasper I have thought often on what it means to be a brother. Brother, of course, is an outdated term. But it is a word central to the stories of Genesis. For me it means, in a deep down kind of way, being in community with others. When the world is created, GodContinue reading “On Brotherhood”

The Deity: A Critique

by Leora Jasper In their inaugural post on this site, the individual who chooses to be called “The Deity” proved they were susceptible to the worst incentives on the internet. Quite frankly, I was so appalled that I wrote the following resignation email: Dear Heavenly “Deity,” Stargate? Seriously? I thought we were creators not chainedContinue reading “The Deity: A Critique”