July 16, 2019

On Writing as Wish Fulfillment

By Aatif Rashid

I was in elementary school when I first started “writing” stories—I would take the Hot Wheels toy cars I’d collected since I was a toddler, name them all after my […]

October 25, 2015

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Irrelevance

By Amit Majmudar

  With the American government sending drones overseas, with our military involved over the past decade in conflict after dirty conflict; with the largest incarcerated population in the world, and […]

May 30, 2015

Poetry and Chess

By Amit Majmudar

  I was perusing YouTube for new movie trailers, as I do sometimes in between cases at work. Confession: I never intend to go watch the flick unless it’s a new […]

May 7, 2015

How the West Inverted its Literary Values

By Amit Majmudar

In a true missing-the-forest-for-the-trees phenomenon, modern literary criticism has left unremarked, to my knowledge at least, the totally anomalous body of “great literature” that has come out of Europe and […]

March 7, 2012

Notes on Capital-T Tragedy

By Amit Majmudar

1. Why it started with the Greeks and showed up again with the Elizabethans. What makes a tragedy tragic—as opposed to a story with a sad ending—is that the sufferer […]