Problem, n. In mathematics: A problem. In social science: A state of affairs with which one is unhappy.
The end of civilization will likely not be preceded by general alarm over civilization’s impending end.
Problematic, against all odds, has become a useful word, as a sign to stop reading.
Reasonable, adj. Good at thinking of reasons.
Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.
A belief, we are told, is a thought you keep thinking; in fact you stopped thinking it some time ago, if it was ever a thought at all.
It is possible, indeed common, to be both boring and weird.
Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.
Gross intolerance of unpopular opinion may do for literature what the Hays Code did for movies: one must be clever when one cannot be frank.
Bohemian, n. Artist without the art.