Author Archives: Scott Beauchamp

Debunking the Caricature of Jack Kerouac the Nihilist

A new book suggests the Catholic-born icon was more spiritual than the “beatnik” label suggests.

Artificial ‘Intelligence’ Turning Brains to Mush on YouTube

Algorithmic cartoons signal fresh horrors for human culture.

Ezra Pound, Locked Away

The famous poet was committed to a mental hospital. His fascist views were odious, but were they really insane?

‘Who Goes Nazi’ Now?

Dorothy Thompson’s 1941 paranoid ‘parlor game’ just as (un) useful today.

Why the Media Really Hates ‘War Machine’

Michael Hastings’ ‘The Operators’ gets the Netflix treatment.

A Fitting Documentary for The Grateful Dead

The band was tuned in to the musical strains and cultural traditions of American freedom.

A Review of Tom McCarthy’s Typewriter, Bombs, Jellyfish

It’s not a given that novelists are also great essayists, and so when it does happen it deserves to be celebrated.

Review of ‘David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet’

An inspired biography.

The True Purpose of the Term ‘Woke’

It enforces political correctness.

Music With Roots

Like the best of Bob Dylan, the lyrics of folk band Sun Kil Moon capture a sense of memory and place that’s missing from most pop music.

Why Are Women in Combat?

The Pentagon cares less about equal rights and more about maintaining recruiting for endless wars.

Drone Warriors

A documentary explores the consequences of our new way of war.

The Horror of Slenderman

Adults in a quiet Wisconsin suburb proved unable to stop the violence of two 12-year-old girls.

Return of the American Essayist

Mark Greif is a left-of-center public thinker who is radically accessible.

Living by War

For veterans, the atomized civilian world can be more disorienting than the close-knit realm of combat.

Bob Dylan, Troubadour

He’s a man outside of time.

A Reality TV Show of the War in Afghanistan

Discovery’s Taking Fire runs alongside Fat N’ Furious and Naked and Afraid.

Edward Snowden, Everyman?

Oliver Stone’s biopic is factually accurate, but honesty isn’t the same as objectivity.