Essays

Beware the Lifeboat

Thought experiments are tools. Some thought experiments are like power saws with no blade guards: you can see what someone wanted to do with them, but they’re still a terrible idea and likely to get blood everywhere. Science fiction has a history of loving thought experiments not wisely but too well. A “hard choices” narrative […]

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The Better Place

The Good Place pilot aired in September 2016; two months later, any optimism about our nation’s advancement had to contend with the acknowledgement that our country, like so many of its predecessors and contemporaries, could experience a fall. Though I’d hoped that we had done enough to prevent Trump’s potential presidency, it was never an […]

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Toy Stories

I remember walking into the rainbow-colored coffeeshop down the street during the late summer of 2016 and finding my friend Sarah already there, hard at work on her new novel. I asked her how it was going, but somehow we ended up spending nearly an hour talking about how much we loved season one of […]

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Everyone’s World Is Ending All the Time: notes on becoming a climate resilience planner at the edge of the anthropocene

How to deal with the end of the world: first, recognize that everyone’s world is ending all the time. Then, take note: in fact, lambkins, we will live. All despite ourselves, we will live—and be irrevocably changed, as we have irrevocably changed the world. 1. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air Approximately two and […]

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