JD Heyman
Culture: High, Middle, Deliciously Low
Created 06 Apr 2021
  • Chasing Ghosts
    23 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 4 0
    A revolutionary tract: Andrew Morton’s1992 book Diana: Her True Story remains the most influential work about a famously unhappy life. Long ago, in Pembroke Square, I glimpsed a mirage. She flashed by...
  • Don't Go Back to the Land
    10 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 7 0
    Real Country: Adams County, Ohio, 2021. Northern Appalachia is plagued by poverty and addiction. These problems predate deindustrialization. In trying times, people hunt for Eden. It’s a venerable Ame...
  • Goodbye to All That (Again and Again)
    03 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 6 0
    Not dead yet, but not quite alive, either. Maybe like the Walking Dead, only less brain-devouring. Magazines are dead. Good heavens, everybody knows they’ve been dead since at least 2008! Wait, magazi...
  • Halloween Week Recs on Audio!
    25 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Wag’s newsletter picks (spooky and otherwise) for Halloween Week: What is Dune about? A desert planet, some kind of trippy spice called “melange” and gigantic, creepy worms. It’s escapist fun, beautif...
  • Weekly Wag on Audio!
    17 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Wag recommendations recorded for the Week of 10/17! Succession. There’s blood in the water, sharks are coming! (Goody). You! Because serial killing is coming to suburbia… Brideshead Revisted, Restored...
  • This Charming Man
    12 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 4 0
    Fleming, Ian Fleming. The author at Goldeneye, Jamaica in 1964, the year of his death. Photo by Frances Goodman, from Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. This essay contains content expanded from the...
  • The Big Grift
    07 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 6 2
    A long way from Silicon Valley, but the egos are the same: The fallen colossus of Ramesses II in Egypt. The Pharaoh’s ruined monuments inspired Shelley’s poem. My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Lo...
  • Notes for the Week After
    15 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    The $4 billion middle finger. Photo of One World Trade Center from the author. The most expensive office tower ever built in the U.S. is about 90 percent filled. Ours is essentially a tragic age, so w...
  • Social Media Owns Afghanistan. (Which Means We All Do).
    24 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 4 0
    This article contains expanded information from the Weekly Wag (it’s also a bit more than 240 characters). Thanks for the card, Jack! The other day, I received a jolly message from Twitter congratulat...
  • Overprotected
    14 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 5 1
    The Weekend Wag tackles an enduring Hollywood obsession. Still treated like a girl, not yet a woman—and nearly 40. What right do any of us have to mess up our lives? The question arises because it’s i...
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