jesus didn’t want to be king

The idea that Jesus should be worshiped like a powerful monarch is tired and actually antithetical to everything that he was about. Human beings love having someone or something to worship. It is a way for us to find purpose, a reason to get up in the morning and make it through the day. If…

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beto isn’t punk, he’s just not very relatable

Maybe being cool and being a decent politician are mutually exclusive. If you’ve ever been part of a creative group like a band or artistic project, you probably know that one guy that’s a little different than everyone else. The guy that you look at and think, why is this dude using his time to…

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idles live at le bataclan is everything that music should be

“Long live the open-minded and long live the moment.” There is no band more important right now than Bristol, UK punk band Idles. A perfect combination of hard work, punk rock ethos, and social awareness comprises the fabric of an act that seems to be only beginning their meteoric rise to rock and roll royalty.…

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the opportunistic faith of kanye west

It’s hard to be surprised by anything that the West/Kardashian empire does, but the full embrace of white evangelical Christianity is a little much, even for them. It’s probably proper of me to start by saying that I don’t love Kanye West. In fact, I don’t even like Kanye West. I have made several attempts…

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opinion: nuance matters

All of our disagreements are missing one thing- nuance. What if I were to tell you that I agree with 95% of the stuff you put on your various social media channels? The snarky quips, the political think pieces, the in-depth explanations of why Libertarianism is dystopian bullshit or whatever other really great points you…

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a lifelong obsession with ghosts

I have been haunted for a majority of my life. I’ve talked about it some, but I have mostly just learned to live with the understanding that there are things around me that I can’t understand or control. My first exposure to anything intentionally scary was at a sleepover in elementary school. My friend’s parents…

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the very deliberate spirit of fugazi

There have been thousands of articles written about Fugazi since their inception in 1987, and with good reason. Few bands have had the kind of impact musically and culturally that they have, and almost none have accomplished it in the way that they did. All hail Fugazi, the greatest band in American history. I feel…

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everybody loves you when you die

I was at a wonderful museum in Virginia a few weeks ago with my uncle, a guy who has worked in and around the art industry for many years. This place was huge and wild and had everything from a Tiffany glass collection to Warhol to a Rothko that I took a few dorky photos…

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everything is so much dumber than you think

For a hot minute it was very cool to refer to yourself as a nihilist. I’ve done this. In fact I still do this (because I am very cool). At my core, I think that I am mostly a nihilist, and I don’t understand how anyone could look at the world today and feel differently.…

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keep trying- a guide for dads that feel bad all the time

Cliché alert: The day that I met my first child was simultaneously the most amazing and terrifying day of my young life. I had no business being a dad at that point in my life. 24 years old, newly married, stubbornly opposed to exploring reconciliation with my own father… but nonetheless convinced that I could…

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