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The Uses and Abuses of Leisure

I’m very happy to be in the current issue (no. 35) of The Baffler. My article, “Did the Fun Work?” is an assessment of the role of leisure on contemporary society. What do we expect from leisure? What constitutes leisure? Is leisure, … Continue reading

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New writing from the beginning of 2017

Is a full quarter of 2017 already behind us? It’s hard to believe. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been on a bit of a writing tear, fueled both by my own inspiration as well as some exciting commissions by … Continue reading

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On Dutch Still Life

Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the opulent “banquet,” or pronk still life paintings that were briefly popular in the Dutch Republic. In the latest issue of the Revue d’art canadienne / Canadian Art Review (also known as RACAR), I … Continue reading

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New writing at The New Republic

A colleague I have written an article over at The New Republic about the political economy of modern “dynamic” offices: “Life at the Nowhere Office:” The result is that your office diffuses much like a gas following the laws of entropy. This anywhering of … Continue reading

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“Do What You Love. And Other Lies about Success and Happiness” releases this week

My book, Do What You Love. And Other Lies about Success and Happiness, published by Regan Arts, releases in the US on August 11. The book is an expansion of an essay in Jacobin, “In the Name of Love,” critiquing the contemporary notion … Continue reading

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Coming soon: The Anthropomorphic Lens

I am pleased to announce that The Anthropomorphic Lens: Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism, and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts, is in production and due to come out in September, 2014 (production now scheduled for October, 2014). Brill is publishing the volume, … Continue reading

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A thoughtful response in The New York Times

A while ago, The New York Times published this response to my Jacobin article in the opinion pages. Gordon Marino, a philosophy professor at St. Olaf College writes, “Perhaps, unlike Kant, you do not believe that the universe is swimming with purposes. … Continue reading

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