Into the World of High Fantasy

Everyone needs a break from reality now and then — in 2020, perhaps more than ever. Picking up a novel — whether it by science fiction, fantasy, or any other genre — is an excellent way to avoid the news for a bit, and the lessons and ideas put forward in these novels often shapeContinue reading “Into the World of High Fantasy”

It’s Not Politics. It’s Humanity.

Note: This article originally appeared on Standing Room Only. It has been republished here in its entirety. It was one of those days where I found myself constantly refreshing Twitter, constantly opening my phone to find the newest scrap of information, the most recent unenlightened shred of hot-takery the tempestuous maelstrom of the Internet hadContinue reading “It’s Not Politics. It’s Humanity.”

Situation Normal: All Trumped Up

What does it mean to be a Republican? Does Republicanism refer to the characteristic mistrust of a strong federal government? Does it entail a strident defense of individual liberties, even at the expense of greater societal advancements? Is it centered on a unifying foreign policy vision, perhaps tying back to Reagan’s concept of “peace throughContinue reading “Situation Normal: All Trumped Up”

“It’s Not About You, It’s About The Kid”

What were you doing when the world started to fall apart? When coronavirus shut down American sports leagues, then the entire nation? When our lives devolved into endless PSAs promoting social distancing, flattening the curve, and sheltering-in-place? Where were you when the tsunami made landfall on the beach? I was in the middle of drivingContinue reading ““It’s Not About You, It’s About The Kid””

Turning Protesters Into Activists

In the modern era, the satirical news website The Onion can feel more accurate than The New York Times. There’s an article they repost after every mass shooting in the United States where the headline reads: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.” The headline refers to the ubiquity ofContinue reading “Turning Protesters Into Activists”

A Fairway To The New Normal

Green. That’s all I see in front of me. Pure green, of varying shades; the deep green of the rough, the foreboding green of the trees, and there, in the middle, safety; the friendly light green of the wide open fairway. I look down. Amidst the green is a round dot of white. My golfContinue reading “A Fairway To The New Normal”

Demons in Black, Demons in White

Content warning: Article contains reference to and descriptions of sexual violence. Look at this photo. No. Really look at it. Absorb it. Let your eyes gather every part of that image. Every tattoo. Every shaved head. Try and count the number of prisoners. Try to imagine what that would feel like, jammed together like boxesContinue reading “Demons in Black, Demons in White”

Getting Through COVID-19: Lessons From A Motivational Speaker

Getting an education at the College of Wooster is a gauntlet, and exam week is the final boss. Hours of research, study, and essay writing culminate in a week-long torrent of presentations, projects, and examinations, all undertaken by overcaffeinated and overstressed college students gasping just to reach the finish line. But during my time atContinue reading “Getting Through COVID-19: Lessons From A Motivational Speaker”

Schrödinger’s Dictator

On 15 April, the high-ranking members of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) gathered at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to celebrate the birthday of the country’s first leader, Kim Il-Sung. The event marks the beginning of the new year in North Korea, and is traditionally the most important holiday on the country’s calendar.Continue reading “Schrödinger’s Dictator”