Fast essays on fixable flaws in the ideas running our lives.
The big story that probably most shapes our times is too simple. We can't afford to go on ignoring its plot holes and more complex dark side.
Terrorists exploit the “glamor of action movies, video games, and gangsta rap.” Counterterrorist efforts somehow have to counter that glamorization.
Beauty and duty are increasingly involved in an undeclared conflict. It's not a fair fight; one side is much stronger (illustrating how art works on our "hidden brain").