Author Archives: Jamil Ragland

Neera Tanden’s Defeat Would Not Make Me Happy

I don’t think Neera Tanden should run the Office of Budget and Management because she suggested that we should have Libya pay us back for attacking them, in order to convince Americans to continue to “engage” with the world in the future: It’s completely bonkers that Tanden put the ability to drop bombs on people […]

Disgaea Changed My Life

The first time I played Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was 2004. I’d just been kicked out of college. My depression had me sleeping all day and staying up all night, so a time sink like Disgaea was exactly what I needed. The most recent time I played it was yesterday. I recently broke up with […]

What Should I Do if I Can’t Trust my Leaders?

Whenever I seriously discuss anarchy with others, I usually get one of two responses. The first is some form of, “People need to be led.” The second is, “Without authority, there’ll be chaos.” I can’t discredit either one of those concerns because they might be true. But our leaders aren’t trustworthy, and that’s a huge […]

Recycling: My Gateway into Existential Hell

If I had to pick a starting point for when I began to question everything, it would be when I read an article titled, “Is Plastic Recycling a Lie?” It’s worth reading in its entirety, but here’s the jist of it: “The proof is the dramatic amount of investment that is happening right now,” Russell […]

Dating in an Existential Crisis

I find myself single again in 2021. I was going to wait before going back into the dating pool, but a friend said I might find someone interesting if I dived right in during my existential crisis. That sounded intriguing, so I’m back out there, cell phone apps at the ready. It’s one thing to […]

My Favorite Teacher Story

On January 1st, 2020, I was in a teacher’s training program to become an elementary school teacher. Today, December 31st, I don’t know if I ever want to work in a school again. That transformation needs its own essay. But I want to try to end 2020 with a good memory, so here’s my favorite […]

Big Dick Energy (or, Life With a Large Penis)

I’ve been tweeting alot about the crisis of meaning that I’ve been experiencing. And while I could go on about the absurdity of school and work, there’s a more interesting experience that I’ve been thinking about. I have a big dick, and everyone knows it. But the experiences one expects as a result have not […]

How Politicians and the Media make Bullshit Happen

Former President Barack Obama gave an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic this month where he talked about why he thinks American politics has become so bad. It’s bullshit from beginning to end. But it’s easy to say that something is bullshit, so let me show you how Obama and Goldberg spread bullshit about […]

Fucking Liars Man

I was talking to a Black friend about the election. I told her I didn’t vote because I didn’t like any candidate. She agreed, and said, “If I had voted, I would have voted for Trump.” I asked her why. “Because he says what he’s really thinking. Biden and Harris with their pro-Black stuff just […]

Why Is Saturday Night Live Replacing Its Cast?

This has been bugging me ever since the show cast Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump. On a show like SNL, getting face time is the key to moving forward in show business. Part of the reason we’re still watching Will Ferrell movies is because of his role on SNL as George Bush (who can forget […]