Monthly Archives: June 2016

Brexit, Trump, Fascism, and Democracy

The world is struggling to make sense of the Brexit crisis and the rise of Donald Trump through the lens of economic populism, of a mass uprising against “the elites” and multinational corporations. Never mind that these supposed uprisings are being led by folks who are themselves millionaires (no matter how many pints Nigel Farage […]

Forward to Nature

So yesterday, I went over to a friend’s house to play a board game. I’m not really a game enthusiast myself, but he sure as hell is—has whole shelves of board games and regularly attends national conventions. And he loves those games that have something like a half-dozen different tracks toward success and lots of […]

The Tedium Required of Heroism

So I finally finished Luftslottet som sprängdes, the last of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. That’s me—several years behind the curve on popular culture. The Swedish title translates literally to “Air castles that get exploded,” not “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” which is the title it was published under in English translation. That, apparently, […]