Sitemap - 2022 - Freddie deBoer
Call For Subscriber Writing and Rating My 2022 Resolutions
If You Hate Billionaires, Stop Fixating on "Undeserving" Billionaires
Over a Hundred Years Later, People Are Still Shocked by Non-Representational Art
Subscriber Open Thread for the Heathens, 12/25/2022
Digest, 12/24/2022: Ho Ho Ho, I'm Hu-Hu-Hungry!
I Continue to be Unimpressed by ChatGPT
We Need to Talk About Nepo Babies Because We Live in a "Just Deserts" Culture
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "The Other Man"
You Have to Assume Everyone is Terrible at Understanding Art
Digest, 12/17/2022: The Dice Was Loaded From the Start
How Should We Feel About the ADHD Epidemic?
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "Dirty Wedding"
The Twitter Files and Writing for the Maw
Digest, 12/11/2022: The Doppelganger
Yes, Supply and Demand Applies to Computer Science Degrees
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "Emergency"
Who Cares Where the Holidays Come From, If the God They Celebrate is Dead?
What Do I Do Now, with This Old Body of Mine?
Announcing Our Annual December RAINN Fundraiser
Review: Elbow Grease by John Cena
Your Personality Has To Be Load-Bearing
You Should Check Out Daniel Bergner's Interview with Bari Weiss
Digest, 11/26/2022: Gobble Gobble Gobble
You Can Hate Your Country and Love Its Rituals
Pushing Everyone Into College was a Policy Response to Other Policy
I Assure You, Writers Would Be Fine Without Twitter
Book Review Contest 2022 Winners!
How Do You Know If You're Bipolar?
Subscriber Open Thread, 11/16/2022
Book Club, Jesus' Son: "Dundun"
The Agony of the Radical Democrat
Subscriber Writing, November 2022
Digest, 11/12/2022: If I Only Could
I'm Afraid I Have No Grand Conclusions That I've Drawn From the Election
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "Out on Bail"
Paywalls or Constant Intrusive Ads: Pick One
Homelessness and What "No One Is Saying"
The Incoherence and Cruelty of Mental Illness as Meme
Digest, 10/29/2022: The Chosen
Mad Max in Park Slope: Alternate Side of the Street Parking
Call for Subscriber Writing & Vacation
Shayla, They Bought Their Tickets. They Knew What They Were Getting Into.
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "Two Men"
Two Education Stories That Are Just Begging for Good Journalism
Subscriber Open Thread, 10/24/2022
Digest, 10/22/2022: Memento Mori
Book Club: Jesus' Son, "Car-Crash While Hitchhiking"
I Like Movies That Don't Quite Work
Subscriber Open Thread, 10/17/2022
Digest, 10/15/2022: Hating My Shelf
People Disagree About What Constitutes Accountability
No, Bernie Shouldn't Run Again
The Existence of Random Dog-Killings Would Seem to Imply the Need for Some Sort of Constabulary Force
Digest, 10/9/2022: Don't Worry
How Convenient, That Kanye West's Behavior Could Not Possibly Be Influenced by His Mental Illness
Book Review Contest Confirmation Emails Will Go Out This Weekend, Plus Next Book Club
Postmodern Religion Still Doesn't Make a Lick of Sense
History is Long and There's Nothing Special About Now
NYU Students Punch Down at Adjunct
On Free Speech and Cancel Culture: Letter Six
Digest, 10/1/2022: My Time of Year
Subscriber Writing, September 2022
We Can't Constructively Address Online Mental Health Culture Without Acknowledging That Some People Think They Have Disorders They Don't
I Would Like to Gently Suggest that Perhaps Everything Everywhere All at Once is Just a Touch Overrated
Digest, 9/25/2022: Sentimental Melody
Book Review Contest Reminder & Call for Subscriber Writing
On Free Speech and Cancel Culture, Letter Four
Building More Housing Supply is Sort of Like Automation Creating More Jobs
No, Covid Learning Loss Doesn't Prove That School Works*
On Free Speech and Cancel Culture, Letter Two
Digest, 9/17/2022: The Light Changes When You're In the Room
The "Left" Can't Take a W Because Performative Ironic Cruelty is All It Has
Why Are Identitarians Such Cheap Dates?
War as Cope: Ukraine as Desert Storm, Iraq-Afghanistan as Vietnam
Digest, 9/10/2022: Nolita Fairytale
Nope Should Be Just My Kind of Beautiful Mess, and Yet....
If You're a Living Language Type, Then You Have No Right to Dictate to Traditionalists How They Use Language
Subscriber Open Thread, 9/7/2022
They're Just Going to Start a New Hate Site, Obviously
Perhaps There Can Be No Ombudsman
Digest, 9/3/2022: RIP Barbara Ehrenreich
The Glory of Adulthood is Finding Something You Love to Futz Over
Subscriber Writing, August 2022
Let's Get You Started with... Drone
Multiplicity Horror, the Intelligibility Urge, Categorization Imperative, & the Mosquito-in-Amber Effect
Congratulations, Like Condolences, Should Be Private
Whether PPP Loans Were "Really" Cash Transfers Isn't Relevant
Is “Woke” just PC with faster internet?
The Giver: Chapters 16, 17, 18, & 19
If Everyone Learns to Code, the Value of Knowing How to Code Will Be Destroyed!
Subscriber Open Thread, 8/22/2022
Digest, 8/20/2022: Teenage Martyr Superstars
The Rehearsal is Another Comedy That Just Bounces Right Off of Me
If Michael Jordan Played In Today's NBA, He'd... Enjoy the Benefits of Modernity
Hard Work is Only Sometimes Necessary and Never Sufficient, But What Else Can You Do?
My Brief Brief Against Utilitarianism
You Have to Put Your Hand on the Dirt, You Have to Feel It, Cold and Damp
Effective Altruism Has a Novelty Problem
I Finished Serializing My First Novel
Chapter Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine
You Don't Have ADHD Feelings. You Just Have Feelings.
It's Funny, I Don't Feel Fragile
If You're Traveling, Hire a Tour Guide
Where Should Affluent People Live?
Digest, 7/30/2022: In the Gloaming
Subscriber Open Thread, 7/29/2022
Sometimes, You Just Have to Take a Fucking L
No, We Have Not Proven That There is No Neurological or Physiological Influence on Depression
Digest, 7/14/2022: Glad as I Can Be
More Commenting Sadness, A New Piece I'm Very Fond of, Last Call for Subscriber Writing, and the Next Book Club
The Left is a Labor Movement, the Left is a Worker's Movement
We Could Use a Reinvigorated Skeptic Movement
YIMBY Social Culture Prevents Progress, Again
Hard Work For My Kid, Not for Yours
Anti-Anti-Woke Physician, Heal Thyself
Call for Subscriber Writing, Links, and Open Thread
Questions for Pure Environmentalists
Everything You Need to Know About the Popularism Debate
Until We Too Are Buried in the Sky
Here Are My Actual Dumb Opinions
Digest, 7/3/2022: Independence Daze
My Brief Brief Against "Mental Illness is Just Capitalism, Man, the System"
Trying Sex Crimes in the Court of Public Opinion Was Never a Good Idea
Review: Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music 1968 to Present, by JR Moores
The Time for Leftist Extralegal Action Has Finally Come
Girl, Interrupted: Memoir and Movie
A Brief Word on Pain Management with Opioids
The Invisible Man Does Elegantly What Promising Young Woman Fails to Do with Lectures
Social Justice Advocates Don't Get to Just Exempt Themselves From Politics
Digest, 6/11/2022: Satan, Satan, Satan Get Beside Me
Let's Read a Poem - Thomas Hardy's "The Convergence of the Twain"
Seventeen Theses on Disability
Subscriber Open Thread, 6/6/2022
Depp-Heard Seems Like a Civil Liberties Disaster to Me
Digest, 6/4/2022: Surgery Time
It's Time for YIMBYs to Stop Picking Low-Hanging Fruit
Yes, I Got That Reference. But Who Cares?
Digest, 5/29/2022: And I Want a TV Embrace
The "Socialist" Success Two-Step
Perhaps the Barriers to Entry for Creative Work Have Become Too Low
The Gentrification of Disability
Call For Links to Subscriber Writing!
Digest, 5/22/2022: Joy Cometh in the Morning
Bodega Discourse is Downstream From the Fact That No One is Particularly Interesting
Can an Unattractive Person Be Attractive?
My Response to Daniel Bergner's New York Times Magazine Piece on Psychotic Disorders
Pity Writing Studies, the Field That Hates Itself
Digest, 5/15/2022: It Went Pop
Comments Are Off For One Month
Safetyism is the Water in Which We Swim
The People Hurt By The "It's a Beautiful Journey" School of Mental Health Are the People with Mental Disorders
Digest, 5/7/2022: The Next Episode
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters Thirteen & Fourteen
Drug Review: Dextroamphetamine
It's All Grift, It's All Brands
Nobody Walks Around Feeling "Valid"
The Politics of Pure Affiliation Has Driven Everyone Absolutely Insane
Digest, 4/24/2022: Bring It Back
"Multiple Personality Disorder" Probably Doesn't Exist, And There Certainly Hasn't Been an Explosion of It Among the Youth
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters Eleven & Twelve
I Thought The Batman Was Pretty Dumb
For Democrats, It's the Worst of Both Worlds
People Just Want to Feel Good About War Again
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters Nine & Ten
Self-Actualization Is Not the Sole Purpose of Human Existence
It's a Business Where You Never Know
Nothing Happened to Zoe Kravitz
Rich Kids Can Always Get Algebra or Calculus or Whatever Else They Need
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters Seven & Eight
It Would Be Cool If You Would Refrain From Just Making Shit Up About Me and Trans Issues
The Deprivation Model Hurts Us All
Digest, 4/3/2022: You Think of Everything
Review: Thomas Insel's "Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health"
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters Five & Six
Psychosis is Not the Absence of Consciousness
One Game for the Bros, One for the... Girlfriends
Sometimes People Legitimately Disagree on Difficult Questions
A Confederacy of Dunces: Chapters Three and Four
Correlation Is Not Causation, But What is It?
Please Just Throw Me a Bone with the Wesleyan Argus Controversy
Digest, 3/19/2022: My Mother is Crying Blood Dust Now
Sometimes Misinformation is a Matter of Convenience
There's Always Going to be a Little Assimilation with Social Acceptance
The More Density We Build, the More Valuable "Neighborhood Character" Will Be
A Confederacy of Dunces, Chapters One and Two
My Approach to Subscriber Perks, Plus Announcing a Place to Share Your Work
The "Myth of the Model Minority" is Just an Average
Subscriber Open Thread, 3/12/2022
Digest, 3/12/2022: And Ever in Good Stead
I Want a New Show Like Star Trek: The Next Generation or Law & Order
A Confederacy of Dunces - Introduction
William Gibson's "New Rose Hotel"
Please Use Common Sense When Performing Supersets
Let's Get You Started with... Modest Mouse
Subscriber Open Thread, 3/3/2022
I Am Asking for a Coherent Set of Consistent Principles That Are Equally Applied to the United States and Russia
Since I Can Please No One This Week, I May as Well Leverage My Incompetence at Video Games for Your Entertainment
It's Not Enough to Not Want to Lionize Your Protagonist
The War in Ukraine is Many Things, and One of Them is a Consequence of American Imperialism
Not Everything is For Everyone
Digest, 2/26/2022: Everything Was Running Smooth
I'm Not Sure I Want to Run the New York City Race Much Longer
A Future Where We Never See Each Other
I'll Be Against the Next "Good War" Too
We Are Experiencing Definitional Collapse
Digest, 2/19/2022: Rolling Home
Could Be a Tough Time for the "All-Digital Middle" in Media
Subscriber Open Thread, 2/17/2022
Let's Take a Walk in Prospect Park
No One Will Miss Her: End of Book
Are You Sure You Want to Say That White People Are the Lone Agents in Human Affairs, the Main Characters, the Sole Movers of History?
Let's Get You Started with... Sludge
Time to Pick the Next Book for the Book Club!
I Want a Political Movement That's...
Digest, 2/13/2022: The Gig Bame
It's Not What Happens with Joe Rogan, It's the Chilling Effect Around Him
This is the World in Which We Live
Statistical Significance, in Plain Language
No One Will Miss Her: Chapters 24, 25, & 26
White Journalists Are Terrified of Appearing to Criticize BlackLivesMatter, Obviously
I've Been Underwhelmed by the Upright GO S Posture Trainer
To Popularize a Movement, There Needs to Be a Movement in the First Place
Subscriber Open Thread, 2/6/2022
Capitalism's Productive Capacity is an Argument for Socialism
Digest, 2/5/2022: Do Your Thing
"Made the Harbor" is Just One of Those Albums, Man
No One Will Miss Her, Chapters 19-23
I'm Somehow Less Concerned with Whether the Holocaust was "About Race" Than I Am with the Six Million Murders
Rejoice, for Copy Editing is Coming
Subscriber Open Thread, 1/29/2022
Things I Can't Be Recruited Into Hating
By Request, How I Structure My Week
Human Capital is Real, and Some People Are Smarter Than Other People
Six Minutes on Giving Me Effective Feedback
No One Will Miss Her, Chapters 11-18
Subscriber Open Thread, 1/24/2021
Gen X Was the Political Generation
Digest, 1/22/2022: No One's Gonna Play the Harp When You Die
To Return to a Theme: If You Dislike the Behavior, Consider Changing the Incentives
Ditching the SAT is a Money Maker
You Don't Get to Withdraw "Your Share" of Public Expenditures, Doofus
No One Will Miss Her, Chapters 5-10
There is No Such Thing as a Takedown
Perhaps Not Everything is Eugenics
Sneer if You'd Like, But Engineered Solutions Are a Lot More Plausible Than Behavioral Change in 2022
Subscriber Open Thread, 1/15/2022
Digest, 1/15/2022: God doesn't always have the best goddamn plans, does he?
For Your Edification or Enjoyment: If You Absolutely Must, a Free ebook on How to Make It as a Writer
It's Not the Politics, It's Their Expression
It's With Some Reluctance That I Say That Bill Simmons Got It Right With the Ringer
"Get Some Help" is Often Necessary, Sometimes Unkind
No One Will Miss Her: Prologue - Chapter Four
Review: Julia Galef's The Scout Mindset
You Already Know the Normal Distribution
One More Time: What Do You Want Us to Do About Covid that We Aren't Doing Already?
Review: The Medium is the Message
Many Kids Don't Have a Warm, Safe, Healthy Home in Which to Do "Remote Learning"
The Buried Giant, My Favorite Ishiguro
Imagine If Everyone Who Tried to Write Like Choire Sicha Had His Emotional Integrity
No One Will Miss Her: Introductory Post