- Word Count: We prefer a certain kind of heft, a little meat on the bone, more zaftig than slight. For the Essay sections something between 1,200 and 1,800 words is a good target. That doesn’t mean we won’t publish something shorter or longer, but that’s the suggested length.
- Style: Accessible. Light on jargon and technical terms—gloss the concept where necessary. There’s nothing wrong with the concision that professional language grants, but it should not muddy your thinking. Polemical is fine, but make sure your facts are on point, and that pointed criticisms hit their mark.
Drunk in America – Transcendence doesn’t belong to the monks. Inner peace doesn’t belong to the yoginis. God doesn’t belong to the churches, mosques, or synagogues. The secular carnival of ideas and desires offers its own opportunities for ecstasy. Explore them here.
Feature – Unique perspectives on diverse topics—informed, honest, provocative, and unbounded.
History – Without an understanding of our deep history, we cannot fathom our complicated present. Human beings have been roaming the earth for tens of thousands of years. We have to keep our past in mind if there’s any hope for the future.
Human Sciences – Anthropology, sociology, biology, economics, psychology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, there have never been more or better tools at our disposal to help us understand our own natures. Some of these arguments are complicated; some are dubious; nothing should be off-limits in the pursuit of knowledge.
Reviews – A pugnacious but respectful engagement with the movies, TV shows, books, plays, and art works that are shaping American public discourse.