For What Does It Profit a Woman? Hillary and the Costs of Perpetual Self-Deception

October 17, 2015

If you’re Hillary, what does it feel like to steel yourself for a day of righteousness when – as with the emails, say – you’re entirely in the wrong? What do you have to do to gin up that level of faux-indignation? How do you gird yourself for a debate performance? What do you tell […]

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Thoughts on Self-Expression in a Self-Promotional World

October 13, 2015

Everyone’s interior life is fantastically vivid. I don’t mean nice or pleasant or fun. I mean that if you were to transcribe almost anybody’s inner monologue – or, rather, if you were to somehow translate what actually happens in our minds into language – you would find things worth revering, standing in awe of. I […]

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Our Presidential Debates Are Boringly Predictable. Let’s Add Some Uncertainty.

October 6, 2015

One reason the debates are so dull is that the participants act so profoundly incurious. I’m not talking about their anti-intellectualism, exactly – I’m talking about their disinterest in the world. To hear most of them tell it, all of the big questions – existential, moral, social – have been answered, and there’s nothing left to […]

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An Apology to My Friends at Harvard Divinity School

June 16, 2015

I’m ashamed of what I wrote about HDS a few months ago. Some of it sounded hater-ish. Some of it was hater-ish. I’ve been trying to figure out why I wrote it. There were at least a couple of reasons. I was disappointed in my experience there. But whose problem was that? Mine, mostly. I […]

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The Unwisdom of Clouds (New Podcast Episode)

June 2, 2015

OCD is built on illusions, so you’d think it would get easier to recognize them over time. Sometimes, however, the opposite occurs – as I get more and more battle-fatigued, the clouds become denser.

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OCD’s Utopia (New Podcast Episode)

May 30, 2015

OCD steals my trust, confidence, hope, joy, and love – all the feelings really worth having – and then tells me that I can have them back if I live perfectly.

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OCD Loves a Power Vacuum

May 5, 2015

I lay in bed, confused: my mind is awake, but my body is tired. This is OCD’s Elysium.

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