LDM Essays


Unemployed Black Astronaut

A missive on SpaceX and George Floyd.


A straight review of the one-woman show.

Yeong & Gifted

A profile of one of New York’s most exciting new directors.

Review: BlackKklansman

A straight review of Spike Lee’s incendiary new picture.

Is Plankton Black? The Ethnic Identities of Cartoon Characters

An imagining of the races of the denizens of Bikini Bottom and why it matters.

Dude, Where’s My Comedy

Another Netflix review, this time of a stoner-dramedy.

Compulsive Gambler, Careless Lesbian: ‘Kakegurui’ and LGBT Themes

What happens when Netflix’s latest anime succeeds on one front but fails on a few others.

Genius: An Unconventional Expense of My (Limited) Talents and Time

A brief essay on my latest modernist therapy.

‘Neo Yokio’ and the Price of Bad Satire

Analysis of the reason Netflix’s latest show achieves the opposite of its goals.

Does DIY Have a Sexual Assault Problem?

A contextual look at the Lou Diamond & Swordfish incidents and their effect on the scene as a whole.

Notes on Zizek’s “In Defense of Eurocentrism” Lecture

My thoughts on a lecture by Slavoj Zizek, before the release of Incontinence of the Void.

College Essays

Aporia: A Tale of Sittlichkeit and Allosensus

Published with Aporia! A Tale of Rhetoric and Philosophy, this work uses the writings of Thomas Wartenburg and Dmitri Nikulin to prove that art can do the work of philosophy. The paper examines the conflict between rhetoric and philosophy through Hegelian Sittlichkeit analysis (as practiced in his Aesthetics) in the accompanying play.

My undergraduate thesis in General Scholarship (or Interdisciplinary Studies) at Wesleyan University, awarded Honors.

China is Here, Mr. Burton: A Brief Analysis of Carpenter and Weheliye

An outline of the Weheliyean transhumanism present in 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China. The paper also contains an explication of the Lugonesean world-travelling abilities of each of the characters, including and up to travel into the world of the audience.

Written in the Spring of 2017 for Continental Philosophy & Its Others at Wesleyan University.

It’s Pretty, But is It Real? An Historical Examination of Authenticity

Tracing the nature of authenticity from the pre-modern era into the age of digital reproduction, this essay uses Orson Wells’ F is For Fake and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”– in addition to Frankfurt school thinkers– to ask what makes a forgery, and if it even matters.

Written in the Fall of 2015 for Aesthetics at Wesleyan University.

Psychomagnotheric Slime or Value Soup? Sittlichkeit and the Ghostbusters

A precursor, of sorts, to my thesis, this paper uses Hegelian Sittlichkeit analysis to illustrate the culture clash, between big government liberalism and small business libertarianism in late 20th and early 21st century America, present in the Ghostbusters franchise.

Written in the Fall of 2015 for Aesthetics at Wesleyan University.