Joe Ragazzo
A newsletter about the human condition
Created 01 Jul 2021
  • The Metaverse is Already Terrible
    03 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    There’s been a lot of writing about the metaverse lately, much of it focused on what Mark Zuckerberg actually means when he says Facebook (or Meta) is creating one. But I was reminded of an article fr...
  • The Empty Calories of Social Media
    02 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    I’ve been working on a longer essay that I hope to share with you all this weekend, but I came across a tweet this morning that I wanted to discuss. Jenna Ryan was arrested for her involvement in the ...
  • Zero To Hero
    17 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 0 2
    "What is Truth?" by Nikolai Ge, depicting John 18:38 in which Pilate asks Christ "What is truth?"Nikolai Ge, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons During my final year at Ohio University, I took a cour...
  • On Indigenous Peoples' Day and The Cleveland Guardians
    12 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Some nice Italian women dancing the Tarantella, Apollon Mokritsky, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Monday was Columbus Day in the United States. On Friday, President Joe Biden issued the first-ev...
  • How I Came to Love Running After Hating it Most of My Life
    03 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Statue of Pheidippides—who is said to have run from Athens to Marathon to announce victory over the Persians—along the Marathon Road. The original uploader was Hammer of the Gods27 at English Wikipedi...
  • Can You Name Your Great-Grandparents?
    25 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    If you’re a subscriber and you’ve enjoyed my work so far, I’d be honored and forever grateful if you’d spread the word to anyone you know who might like my ongoing exploration of the human condition. ...
  • What To Do If You Hate Your Job, or Even Just Sorta Don't Enjoy It Very Much
    09 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 2 2
    After my essay on The Tartar Steppe, I had a long conversation with someone about how to avoid being Drogo (read the essay), or in other words, what do you do if you hate your job. On one hand, I am n...
  • In Defense of Leisure, or Why Fantasy Football is Good
    28 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Fantasy football is for sure good, even if this team I just drafted isn’t. Let me know what you think (about my team, or otherwise) in the comments. Leave a comment Almost every year, there’s a new ta...
  • MiniPost: Back to the Metaverse
    19 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    I’ll probably return again and again to the idea of a metaverse and its development. I think it’s an important subject when it comes to what it means to be a human in the modern world and has profound...
  • The Tartar Steppe: Meaning or Madness?
    17 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Something I want to do here at Rhapsody is write book reviews. But not normal reviews1 that assess whether a book is good or bad. I’ll write about books that I think are particularly useful to illustr...
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