The truth is never fair or impartial. It almost always favors one side over the other, though it occasionally favors neither.


Chris Mack, the cartoon versionEssays and Rants

Below is a random collection of essays on a variety of subjects.

David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom (4-9-2022)

Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (1-8-2022)

Abdulrazak Gurnah's Paradise (12-11-2021)

Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited (3-15-2020)

Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Peter Cozzens’ The Earth is Weeping (8-19-2019)

Philip Roth's The Plot Against America (5-11-2019)

William F. Buckley, Jr.’s God and Man at Yale (1-12-2019)

The Epic of Gilgamesh (12-8-2018)

Richard Wright's Native Son (9-8-2018)

The Last Slave: Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon (7-2-2018)

Philosophy Through Odor: Patrick Suskind's Perfume (5-14-2018)

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (10-14-2017)

Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon: An Introduction (1-14-2017)

Follow Your Passion? I don’t think so… (5-19-2014)

Austin Athenaeum and Joyce's Ulysses (1-20-2014)

A Camus Triptych (1-12-2013)

Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf: An Introduction (9-8-2012)

Do You "Believe" in Evolution? (12-17-2009)

The Nature of Science: Antirealism is Not Postmodernism (1-3-2008)

Dialog on Social Security (12-15-2007)

Am I a Libertarian? (11-30-2007)

Remembering Genocide (10-30-2007)

Puzzling Over Science (4-5-2006)

Defining Torture: Or why I don't need to (3-22-2006)

Why I Like to Write: With a detour into the workings of my mind (3-6-2006)

Defining Science (1-31-2006)

The Real Truth about Torture: Why Charles Krauthammer got it all wrong (12-29-2005)

A Survivor's Bet: A Review of Kobo Abe’s short story The Bet (6-28-2000)


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