Evil Twins and the Ultimate Insight: Ayn Rand, Vladimir Nabokov, and the Polarized Politics of Reading

FORTHCOMING Spring 2023

With the 2020 election, the political polarization in the U.S. entered a ludicrous end-stage. Partisanship, once a pseudo-rational system of biases, has evidently devolved to a conflict between incompatible realities. In search of some pathway toward consensus, Evil Twins and the Ultimate Insight: Ayn Rand, Vladimir Nabokov, and the Polarized Politics of Reading looks to[…]

Why the Center Can’t Hold: A Diagnosis of Puritanized America

Published: 05/30/2016

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” These words from Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming” provide Why the Center Can’t Hold with its organizing theme. And although Yeats was describing the grim atmosphere of post-World War I Europe, O’Neill regards the poem’s pronouncements as eerily predictive of the state of the world as we are[…]

Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics

Published: 12/10/2015

READ Lester Spence on how he conceptualized this book as a sort of critical response to Cornel West’s Race Matters and David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism, and why he chose punctum books as his publisher, HERE. Over the past several years scholars, activists, and analysts have begun to examine the growing divide between[…]