Between & Beyond: Apocalypse

The outpouring of protest after the events of the past few weeks has lifted my spirit to a degree. It’s hard to explain. When you delve into the machinery of this culture on a regular basis, your spirit often feels chewed up by the gears, but when an injustice so …

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Between & Beyond: Industrialization

I had the opportunity to listen to Einstürzende Neubauten’s latest album. It’s called Lament. If you don’t know, Neubauten is a long-running German band that has been making cutting-edge experimental music for about 34 years. I have been a fan for a good long while, and I was excited …

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Between & Beyond: The American Dream

Commentary never seems to go far enough. There are still figures out there in our culture that I respect. Maybe two: Cornel West and Bill Moyers. I like their voices. Not the timbre necessarily (though it is fine in both), but the quality of their insight. But, there seems to …

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Between & Beyond: College

At one point, on Facebook, for fun (yes, this is my idea of fun), I tried to see how many American industrial complexes we all could name. I did a whole episode of this column about industrial complexes. Eisenhower coined the term military industrial complex in order to speak to …

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Between & Beyond: Women

In the last episode, I brought up the idea of the Other, and this week reminded me that probably the one group most often subject to objectification in our culture is women. It’s a strange case as the ramifications are normalized on both sides of the issue. As in, sometimes …

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Between & Beyond: The Other

The Other is a concept I have brought up from time to time in this column, but its relevance is tied to a number of issues of supreme importance in the news cycle lately. The concept invites us to understand how groups of humans, i.e. cultures, often utilize an objectified …

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Between & Beyond: Consumer Power

We all have heard someone reference the definition of insanity at this point, so much so it has become an adage of sorts: the whole idea of doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Yet, we continue. It’s no secret that the majority of Americans has …

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Between & Beyond: The Perishing Republic

Robinson Jeffers’ poem “Shine, Perishing Republic” is entirely badass and entirely relevant here and now 89 years later. It was written in 1925, in the breath between World War I and World War II. I often search for the moment that America turned a corner. Was it in the in …

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Between & Beyond: Dark Times

Even though I am approaching my one-year anniversary of writing this column, I don’t think I have ever really written a precise condemnation of the Obama administration. I feel very lonely in my disgust with his presidency, and this must be the darkest moment of his tenure. On one hand, …

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Between & Beyond: 9/11

It’s hard to grasp how 13 years could have passed since September 11th, 2001. Some kind of spell was cast that day and the world has seemed bound in it ever since. Time seems at a standstill. It’s like an old cartoon where the characters are supposed to be running …

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