Recently, I finished reading through Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations for a second time. The first time you read a text, you typically pay the most attention to what appears on the surface — what’s going on in the narrative, what the author is explicitly communicating, and so on. It makes sense that we do this as part of learning the basics. Once we’re familiar with some of those, though, revisiting a piece of writing may provoke different thoughts and insights, particularly with respect to the form it takes, leading us to a deeper appreciation for what we read.

One of the…


Following the Twitter ban of former president Donald Trump, Republican political figures like Senator Lindsey Graham began almost immediately calling for the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. While controversial in some circles, this piece of legislation passed in 1996 essentially protects online platforms from liability for posts made by their users. Section 230(c)(2) specifically provides “Good Samaritan” protection for platforms that engage in moderating or removing third-party content they find to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.”

Trump himself has fought to revoke Section 230, such as by his vetoing of…


I can’t remember a single year in the time I’ve been on this earth that I did not hear about free speech being under attack. In some corners of the world, where criticism of the government is violently oppressed, this is undoubtedly true. But in the United States, the cries of oppression are different. …


For a few days now, a number of conservative online sources have been hard at working pushing the narrative that Democrats and Joe Biden have stolen the 2020 election. One of the foremost pieces of alleged evidence they’ve so far produced is a comparison of vote tallies with Benford’s Law. This argument has already made its way to the Washington Examiner, where it’s being reported that Trump campaign staff themselves are touting it as proof of election theft. …


I have a confession to make. I’m a huge fan of horror, but very little of it actually scares me. I’ve been fascinated by the genre ever since I picked up my first book on “true” paranormal encounters from the school library. I still remember reading about someone’s experience seeing a black, shadowy mass and how it intrigued and excited me.

But hundreds of stories, movies, novels, haunted houses, video games, and songs later, I can honestly say that probably 95% of horror doesn’t scare me. In the beginning, when I was younger, I’m sure I was easier to frighten…


Warning: This article may contain minor spoilers for those who have yet to play Breath of the Wild.

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a difficult year. If that seems like it’s a gross understatement, that could be because it is. For the past few months of this pandemic, much of the world has been balanced precariously between strict, self-imposed isolation and carefree (or careless) behavior that may be putting countless lives at risk. With many struggling to find work, struggling to stay safe, and struggling to stay afloat, leisure time can sometimes feel like a luxury we can’t afford.


Note: This article interchanges the terms “black” and “people of color” in places. The author recognizes the latter of these terms is often also used to include indigenous peoples, Latinx peoples, and other identities, and no erasure of this fact is intended.

Recently I found myself in a brief exchange with someone upset over the decision by gaming titans Valve to sponsor this year’s Game Devs of Color Expo. Notably, this decision was made after criticism had been directed at the company for failing to issue any kind of statement in support of Black Lives Matter. …


As protests against the murder of George Floyd are spreading across the country, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appeared on Fox News to propose his own solution for ending racism. While stating that Floyd’s death and the resulting unrest break his heart, Patrick was quick to attribute the problems facing the nation to a lack of religious devotion, along with the predictable insinuation that this absence is particularly strong with the political left. He went on to explain:

You cannot love your fellow man if you don’t love God. And we have a country where we’ve been working really hard…


If you’ve contributed any moderate amount of essays, articles, or writing to blogs or other content creation sites, then looked over the stats for those pieces, you’ve probably noticed a familiar pattern. On this site, the read ratio for most of my own work generally hovers around 30%. That is, most people only make it through about a third of what I’ve written before they venture off to other pages, links, and sites. Of course, this varies somewhat based on word count and other factors, but usually this figure remains fairly stable.

Now before jumping to conclude that my read…


My first exposure to the political commentary of Rush Limbaugh came as a child. Often when I would ride in the car with my dad, he would put on Limbaugh’s radio show. Even at a young age, I couldn’t help noticing the fact that he wasn’t exactly allowed to do this when my mom was with us. I think she mostly disliked the anger she heard on the show, but that was one of those things that always stuck with me. …

Taylor Carr

Writer, reader, musician, and graduate in philosophy and religious studies.

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