"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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We don’t need sunglasses. We need to take the blinders off.


A radical view of our economic history – and future.

The Discordians got their logo idea from PKDunteleport

Skepticism, cynicism, irony, and contempt vs. the BIP


Charming vs. Creepy is the battle of our age.

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Muskoka Chair

Fake lakes, uncanny forests, and protest as performance.

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Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia.

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Fake Authenticity defined and analyzed.

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Why do French think­ers and writers abhor le jog­ging? Ask Sarkozy.

Philip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirtPhilip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirt

Those born from 1924-33 are nearly impervious to Middlebrow’s discourse.

Classico ad from Better Homes & Gardens, June 2009Classico ad from <em>Better Homes & Gardens</em>, June 2009

Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire (2001), The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), and In Defense of Food (2008), is a highbrow. I say so not because he’s a graduate of Bennington, Oxford, and Columbia who deftly translates complex subjects from co-evolution to “nutritionism” into journalism-ese, but because — despite his ever-increasing influence when it […]