I think it’s time for me to interrogate the embarrassment I feel over my teenage nu-metal phase.

If you’re not familiar, nu-metal was basically a rock sub-genre that consisted of all the dark viscousness of heavy metal, absent most of the musical ability, plus all the angst of Kurt Cobain…

On the heels of six months of mass sickness and death, the federal government’s wholly insufficient mitigation of an economic crisis, naked police brutality and an excessive police response to protests against it, and big swath of a population that can’t shoulder the burden of even the slightest sacrifice in…

The most popular theory, later, was that the afterlife was reaching capacity. After eons of human life and death, playing out among a rising population, the great beyond was finally running out of room. The gatekeepers, the theory went, had become more selective about who got in; those who were…

At some point, almost every day, I’ll whip my phone out of my pocket — one of the countless times we all do this within any given one-hour span — and open the screen to an alert that my battery charge has fallen below twenty percent. This triggers the same…

Nick O'Brien

Writer, wisher, wrangler with anxiety. The modern world can be a head-splittler — sometimes you have to just roll your eyes at it.

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