Can Karl Marx & Sherlock Holmes Solve the Dastardly Deeds Done at a Rich Spa?


Fifth Estate # 414, Fall 2023

a review of Karl Marx, Private Eye by Jim Feast. PM Press, 2023

A.I. Psychosis & Personality Simulators


Fifth Estate # 414, Fall 2023

Earlier this year, I created a fifteen-minute presentation on the ethical implications of the program Midjourney and other A.I. art generators for the Northeast Modern Language Conference, then released it online through the University of New Hampshire.

The Revolt of Women in Horror Flicks


Fifth Estate # 413, Spring, 2023

a review of Stepford Daughters: Weapons for Feminists in Contemporary Horror by Johanna Isaacson. Common Notions 2022

Is ChatGPT just a new tech toy or is it Skynet?

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Fifth Estate # 413, Spring, 2023

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the …

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Space is Not the Place


Fifth Estate # 411, Spring, 2022

a review ofHermetica by Alan Lea. Detritus Books 2021 The journey of a generation ship is a classic of the science fiction genre. One that tells the story of what happens when a bunch of humans decide to leave Earth …

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Meg Ellison’s Pinhole Camera


Fifth Estate # 410, Fall, 2021

a review of Big Girl by Meg Elison. PM Press 2020

She Exists Only to Please


Fifth Estate # 409, Summer, 2021

Love dolls. Robo-whores. Slutbots. Synthetic options. Whatever you call the life-sized Barbies made by California-based Abyss Creations and other companies around the world, these 70-lb, orifice-slotted mannequins have one primary purpose: to be the ever-obedient, surrogate sexual partners of their …

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Diamond Dogs


Fifth Estate # 408, Winter, 2021

a review of Isle of Dogs by Jon Frankel. Whiskey Tit 2020 Every time Jon Frankel releases a novel it feels as if he’s managed to twist the English language into a new, illusory shape: a mobius strip made of …

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