Ben Tanzer

The Sound of Metal and the Failure of a Narrative Wrapped in a Failure of Sound

"Tidens naturlære" (Nature of time) 1903 by Poul la Cour, Ill. 40. [public domain]
Ben Tanzer continues exploring the many facets of “failure.” In “The Sound of Metal and the Failure of a Narrative Wrapped in a Failure of Sound,” he looks at hearing loss.    There is a moment, a series of moments really, early in the movie the Sound of Metal, where Riz Ahmed’s character Ruben is plunged into and out of silence, and ... Read the full article
Ben Tanzer

Ben Tanzer is an Emmy Award-winning coach, creative strategist, podcaster, writer, teacher, and social worker who has been helping nonprofits, publishers, authors, small businesses, and career changers tell their stories for 20-plus years. He is also the author of the newly re-released and refreshed short story collection UPSTATE, several other award-winning books, and a lover of all things book, taco, gin, and street art.

The GOP’s Hypocrisy on Socialism (or The Dance of the Neanderthal Saucer Men)

In Sean Davis’s latest Dispatches From the Apocalypse, “The GOP’s Hypocrisy on Socialism,” he reviews current events, the GOP, and the malignment of socialism. 

Risen Apes: Personal History

S.M. Park’s column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Personal History,” Park applies for a job and has an interview, his first in thirty-five years.

’90s Irony: Ten ’90s Fashion Throwbacks Gen Z Gets Wrong

Is it a ’90s comeback? Or is it just ’90s irony? Jesse Valencia lists 10 ’90s fashion throwbacks that Gen Z is getting completely wrong. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXVII: My Definition of Success

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “My Definition of Success,” he talks about meditation through painting, and success. 

Risen Apes: Pot of Gold

S.M. Park’s column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Pot of Gold,” Park talks about frugality, storytelling in public, and Greyhound buses.

National Day of Mourning

Weeks preceding National Day of Mourning brought even more examples, to pile on top of myriad others, of the inequity on which this country was built.

Angel Boy and Reenie

Adam Strong writes in his latest essay about his thirty days at Charter Rivers Hospital that included electroshock therapy, and his relationships with Angel Boy and Reenie.

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