Introducing: 21st Century Pamphleteer

As with the pursuit of great ideas, sex, or giving yourself a haircut, senses of adventure, curiosity, and humor are in order here.

I’m not a blogger. I don’t write a newsletter.

I…am a pamphleteer.

Of course, pamphlets have come a long way in the past several hundred years. While I no longer need a printing press and reams of paper, I do still need vim and vigor. Moxie and fortitude. A poke-the-bear and can-do attitude!

Which is to say: pamphlets and pamphleteers historically connote the kind of mischief I want to get up to.

If you’ve followed me online or in person, you’re aware that I have high expectations for my own life, and the lives that intersect with it. I believe that we’re all capable of much more than we suspect, and that the world can often permit the full exercise of our faculties if we come at it just right. Sometimes that’s head-on, sometimes a sneak attack from behind, and sometimes we cleva-guhl in from the side.

In any case, I’m writing about how to do that exactly. After registering for Substack a while ago, I’m finally prepared with a series of projects and ideas to explore regularly, with all of you reading this. I’ll be posting an essay (or something) once a week until the end of 2021, at which point I’ll see how things are going.

Most domains of human endeavor are fair game, including science and technology, philosophy, government, gay and LGBT culture, music, fitness, and more.

I've consolidated some writing from elsewhere and written several new essays for this launch, and you can find them below. I look forward to hearing from you, or meeting you on Twitter.

On gay culture and the glorious future I want for it:

21st Century Pamphleteer
Will the Gay Revolution Succeed?
Not all revolutions do. The “gay revolution” is the gay man’s fight for political and social acceptance. I don’t think it’s obvious that this will succeed long-term—not because it’s a gay revolution, but because the contemporary society of the United States (which I’ll focus on for now, but not limit myself to) is in spasm. This revolution is at the infl……
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Toward a New Gay Culture
Definitions: For my purposes here, “community” means a specific collection of individuals united by social ties, and “culture” is the ideas and behavioral norms that prevail in that community. The use of “culture” in this essay necessarily means “culture, and the community it derives from.” Similar with “community…
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Book Review: The Velvet Rage
If you’ve spent any time within mainstream gay culture (especially American gay culture), there’s a good chance you’ve heard of The Velvet Rage. It’s a book many will say “you simply must read,” and those who’ve read it frequently report feeling completely seen and understood. It’s a book about how shame for one’s sexuality manifests in life, and how to……
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Expand the Mythos
Every culture has its stories, or a mythos: histories, myths, and mixtures of the two. The American founding and the Greek pantheon are classic examples, and in modern times Harry Potter has escaped the lab and integrated itself into our broader culture as well. In other words, Hades was a Slytherin…
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On prestige and society

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Renaissance or Bust
The third decade of the twenty-first century is going to be a wild ride. There will be bad with the good—standard procedure here on Earth—but the pandemic and its concurrent demons have unwittingly provoked a backlash of human ingenuity that’s cracked through the ossified strata of work, technology, and more. New ways of living are possible not just bec……
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On government

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Understanding NYC's Government
Sometimes there’s no shortcut, there’s only a longstitch. I moved to New York City a little over two years ago, and, after deciding to stay here for the long haul, committed to investing more time and energy into improving my new home. First self-assigned task: understand the city government…
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