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Month: August 2017

Existential Dread: Millennial Edition

I can’t decide if the threat of nuclear war with North Korea is real. That’s the problem with the Information Age. I know the details–nuclear tests and Frankenstein missiles and bond villain wannabes–but I have to draw my own conclusions. It used to be, “Hey, the Soviets are putting missiles in Cuba,” or “Hey, the Soviets have tested the H-bomb, so hide…

Neville Longbottom and the Second Wizarding War, Part One

Neville and his great-uncle Algernon ambled through narrow aisles, glancing at displays lousy with archaic writing beneath a scrim of dust. Bird droppings marked the shelves here and there in the flickering lights. “Take your time,” Algernon said. “It’s a big decision, and there’s no hurry.” Neville nodded, face hidden beneath an old cloak, hood betraying nothing but a dull fringe of…