War of Nerves

The Slow Confiscation of Everything

Laurie PennyFebruary 17, 2017
Lorie Shall
Lorie Shall

There will be no definite moment can say that yes, today we are fucked, and yesterday we were unfucked. Instead the fuckery increases incrementally year on year, until this is the way the world ends: not with a bang, not with a bonfire, but with the slow and savage confiscation of every little thing that made you human, starting with hope.

Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes

Laurie PennyJanuary 04, 2017
Kimberly Vardeman
Kimberly Vardeman

“Are you a strong woman?”

The camera crew wanted a snappy answer. We were filming a short news segment on the beach in Brighton, with a frigid wind gusting around the boom mic and seagulls circling overhead, screaming for chips. I didn’t know how to reply.

Against Bargaining

Laurie PennyNovember 18, 2016
Darron Birgenheier
Darron Birgenheier

What does it mean to be mentally healthy in a world gone mad? Sirens are blaring, lights are flashing, and we have been whisked out of the territory of metaphor onto the hard ground of fact. The rise to power and election of Donald J.

Fear of a Feminist Future

Laurie PennyOctober 17, 2016
thierry ehrmann
thierry ehrmann

To imagine the future is a political practice, which means that it’s both strangely awful and awfully strange. In 1990, a team of scientists and researchers was given the task of mapping far-future scenarios for the disposal of nuclear waste.

Harry Potter and the Conscience of a Liberal

Laurie PennySeptember 02, 2016
Comfort reading. / ilovebutter
Comfort reading. / ilovebutter

What are the uses of enchantment?

As the wizarding world charms its way into our collective cultural forebrain once more, that’s the question I find myself revisiting. It’s been twenty years since Joanne Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless

Laurie PennyJuly 08, 2016
Joanna Slodownik
Joanna Slodownik

Late capitalism is like your love life: it looks a lot less bleak through an Instagram filter. The slow collapse of the social contract is the backdrop for a modern mania for clean eating, healthy living, personal productivity, and “radical self-love”—the insistence that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, we can achieve a meaningful existence by maintaining a positive outlook, following our bliss, and doing a few hamstring stretches as the planet burns.