Infinite Jest: The Diagnosis, The Cure

At over half-a-million words long and about two inches thick, Infinite Jest was never meant to be easy. The book demands infinite dedication. It consumes seemingly infinite amounts of time. Most Americans lack the drive to finish David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus. This highlights our country’s lowest common and most problematic denominator: We’re lazy. We’re…

The Joys of Being a Regular

Ahhhh the mornings. I love them! Nothing like getting up nice and early, grabbing the Wall Street Journal that’s if papa Jeff hasn’t taken it to work, and sitting down with a nice cup of joe. And I’ll tell ya what, I ain’t making that cup of joe. I’m going to my neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts, Yeti…

Trying to Make Sense of the Colombia Referendum

On Sunday evening, I was watching returns from the historic Colombia referendum come in across my screen. Polling in the lead up suggested that “Yes” was going to win, and comfortably at that. It didn’t. Carrying 50.2% of the vote, the less than 38% of Colombians who took to the polls rejected the peace deal…

Sausage Party: More Than Just Dick Jokes

The promotional poster for “Sausage Party” features a grinning animated sausage emerging semi-curved into frame—less than subtly and more than intentionally resembling an erection in profile—accompanied by the tagline: “A hero will rise.” This sets the tone for the film. Like gristle and offal squeezed into a sausage-casing, the movie’s brief 88 minutes are jam-packed…

22, A Million: A Masterclass in Evolution

After five long years, it’s here. Justin Vernon has finally released another Bon Iver record. My excitement was palpable as my head popped off my pillow this morning. I sat on my deck with my morning coffee, anticipating when the mailman would show up with my copy of 22, A Million on wax (shout out…