Mass shooting in [city], [number] dead

It is the deadliest shooting in US history, until next month. Are the American people okay with this? Each week and month and year that goes by with nothing being done tells me that most are. Imagine a world in which you can buy a tank at your local car dealership. Imagine in this world, …

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Doers and preservers

I just listened to the section in Crime and Punishment featuring the talk about Raskolnikov's article. (very minor spoilers) The article talks about what Raskolnikov calls 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' people, and their differences. The ordinary people, he says, are happy to be ruled and told what to do, and have not many exciting or interesting …

A trial on my nerves

I've started reading Franz Kafka's 'The Trial' and just from the beginning am already feeling upset and unsettled. I think this book may not be for me, but I'll continue for now. I've heard this book described as both a funny satire, and an existential horror story. I'm wondering if this depends on the kind …