Politics

The Trouble with the Tax Bill

The Trouble with the Tax Bill

Tax “reform” is the hill Republicans are willing to die on, apparently. Fair enough, because they have nothing else to show for their stint in power – no wall, no Muslim ban, no Obamacare repeal, nothing. They know they have to pass this bill or […]

Turkey and Trump: Facts for your Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey and Trump: Facts for your Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re reading this and you are American, congratulations! You made it through the first nine months of Trump’s presidency and are now facing your first Thanksgiving with him as president. Last year felt a little unbelievable – we all talked over turkey and stuffing […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual day of remembrance for the transgender community and its allies to commemorate and draw attention to the horrifying violence that the community endures. This day is horribly significant each year with reported and correctly gendered murders of […]

Dear Men: You Can Do Better

Dear Men: You Can Do Better

Although I am completely, absolutely, entirely exhausted from explaining women’s issues to men in the hopes that they will listen instead of saying “okay, but not me!” it seems we are not quite finished. Large-scale predators like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., and Kevin Spacey are […]

Oxbridge and Britain

Oxbridge and Britain

In January it will have been two years since I was rejected from Cambridge University. I blame this on my patchy academic record, my terrible interview technique, and the fact that I only considered Oxbridge at the eleventh hour of my time in Sixth Form. […]

Protest: As American as Football

Protest: As American as Football

Perhaps we should have paid due attention to Colin Kaepernick the first time he knelt on the sidelines of an NFL game. Perhaps we should have acted the first time a young black man was shot simply for the color of his skin and for […]

Hollywood’s Whitewash

Hollywood’s Whitewash

In August of 2017, it was announced that Ed Skrien would be portraying Ben Daimio as part of a reboot of the Hellboy franchise. In the original comics, Daimio was portrayed as a man of Asian-American descent. Unfortunately, the casting of Skrein clearly pandered to […]

A Shortage of Long-Term Compassion

A Shortage of Long-Term Compassion

Two recent disasters – the inferno at Grenfell Tower in London and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas –  have reminded us anew of the destructive capabilities and sheer powers of the elements. A massive fire ravaged the twenty-four-floor London apartment building on the 14th of […]

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville are impossible to ignore. Where we stand here at The Attic is and should be crystal clear. Where everyone stands ought to be so because there is only one place to stand. There are not and have […]

The KKK and the World Today

The KKK and the World Today

There isn’t much I can say on the topic of white supremacy, Nazism, and the recent horrors in Charlottesville, VA that has not already been said in the past few days (and said far better than I could ever say it). Nevertheless, when I think […]