Hello friends, it’s time for another edition of What I’ve Been Reading. Surprisingly, there are no pieces about video games this time around!

  • Film Crit Hulk pens another monster of an essay for Birth Movies Death. This one’s about how to approach artistic criticism and cultural conversations when you’re speaking from a position of privilege. There’s a hodgepodge of mostly excellent ideas in the piece, but one that struck me was the notion of criticism versus disinterest: just because someone has no interest in experiencing something doesn’t mean they dislike it. Hulk has also dropped the all-caps schtick for this one, so it’s very readable.
  • I don’t know if I really agree with this essay by Benjamin Krusling for The New Inquiry, but he does make a good point about the “theatre” of apology in American public life.
  • Finally, at his Slate Star Codex blog, Scott Alexander contemplates what sort of principles we should have around speech norms – not legally protected “free speech,” but the norms of public conversation. It’s a much more complicated issue than it sounds, and it’s muddied by idiots on the Internet yelling “FREEZE PEACH” every time the issue is brought up.

That’s all for today. See you at some point in the future.