Freddie deBoer

some dude


Discouragement for young writers

Because you don’t get what you want in life.


A third of this is tongue in cheek. You’ll have to decide which third yourself.


Goodbye to THAT stuff

Why I left South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Forever


It’s a story as old as the city itself, really.

A young, impressionable man— a boy, really— comes to South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with empty pockets but a head full of dreams. I was lured in like so many others, by promises both false and true, with ambitions both small…


STEM: Still No Shortage

On a myth that just won’t die


This morning, I read a deeply depressing story by the formidable Rebecca Schuman, detailing how two colleges are…


Everything is not a remix

against a popular deepity


There’s an idea out there that’s gotten a lot of traction about the origin of stories and the nature of narrative…


Throwing Heat

Nonfiction essayists and bloggers who bring it


Prose style is typically besides the point in professionally published nonfiction. When people say they want to be writers, in the sense that they want to write for websites and magazines rather than to write a novel, usually it means they want their ideas to be their currency, not their words. Attention to…


Education and the Failure of Procedural Equality


Read about education in the popular press frequently, as I do, and you’ll conclude that it’s a topic that makes people nuts. The…


How the NBA became a league for snobs


Everybody loves music. Music’s great. But everybody also knows that liking music can be a huge pain in the ass. Why? Because liking music is never…


Discouragement for young writers

Because you don’t get what you want in life.


A third of this is tongue in cheek. You’ll have to decide which third yourself.