The Title of Chrstopher Hays' book, Twilight of the Elites, made me think of vampires. A silly coincidence, but then I started thinking about how portrayals of vampires as hidden influences on history (like the Authority on "True Blood") may mediate anxieties about actual economic elites. Most conspiracy theories share enough…

Hipsters versus Slackers


[caption id="attachment_694" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="An image from Linklater's film"][/caption]   Recently I asked myself what makes hipsters different than slackers, at least as slackers are depicted in Richard Linklater's 1991 film, Slacker. Initially I noticed differences that aren't unique to slackers and hipsters, but to gen x and Millennials generally:…

Damages, Damages


The Jacko-ganza put me in the mind of quote about damages from a story. It took me a while to realize it was from one of my own. Still looking for a home, which is maybe why I repressed it.“I take the baby for how long?” Varya actually tilted away…