David Egan

  • Calling Bullshit

    This essay appears in our special web symposium on bullshit. Read the rest of the bullshit symposium here, including Gal Katz on his chronic bullshit anxiety and Whitney Sha on the lost standards for judging bullshit…

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  • Speaking Nonsense

    When he needed to let off steam after a period of arduous work, Wittgenstein had two principal remedies: go see a movie at the local cinema—ideally a lowbrow American Western—or go for a long…

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  • All Made Up

    House lights down, music cranked up to eleven, the diffuse buzz of pre-show chatter zeroes in on the two figures taking the stage. TJ: boyish face and beady eyes, a blue-collar looseness to his…

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  • Children and Animals

    I didn’t know it at the time, of course, but the older sister who directed most of my childhood games was a future novelist. A special incantation transported us to Fairyland, where the rooms…

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