What Orwell got right, and wrong, about power in the Age of Trump

The prescience of George Orwell’s 1984 is near-universally acknowledged across America. In this 1948 dystopian sci-fi novel that exhaustively details the workings and philosophies of a terrifyingly successful totalitarian government of the future, we find an analogue…

Liberals baffled about the President’s appeal to so many Americans might learn something from reading comic books

For the past four years, liberals have struggled to understand Donald J. Trump’s consistently strong appeal to (if polls are accurate) about a third of Americans. The actions President Trump takes that seem most despicable and dangerous to many on the “cultured Left” — the lies, the insults, the violations…

The answer may have to do, not with atoms, but with stories

It may seem surprising that the Trumpian “war on science” has gained so much traction, and that empirical, rational thought continues to lose ground to charismatic snake oil salesmen all over the world. Even during a global pandemic…

Thoughts on the season finale of Star Trek: Picard

(spoilers galore, read onward at your peril)

Loved the Picard season finale. This series has truly been the most well-written and engaging thing I’ve watched since Season 1 of Stranger Things, or Season 1 of Westworld…the ethos, of course, is different…

Review of Avengers: Endgame (Spoilers, assemble!)

One of the things I loved about devotedly following every month’s adventures in dozens of different comic books which, thanks to a shared universe (generally Marvel or DC), had interrelating or at least tangentially connected plots, was becoming attached to characters and watching them…

David Nurenberg

Educator, consultant and author. His latest book is entitled, “What Does Injustice Have to Do With Me? Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice.”

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