If you haven’t read Jesse Meyerson’s article published on RollingStone.com in early January, you should go read it. Or, if you’re a Millennial and don’t have the time to go read it, here’s a summary: The piece is titled “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” and it’s pretty straightforward: Guaranteed work for everybody. […]

From a journal entry during my Fall 2012 internship at In These Times in Chicago: The duties at the internship here at In These Times prescribe information processing beyond any speed I’ve attempted. But I’m adapting. I’m becoming a processor. Actually it feels more like my brain is becoming a processor while the lower half […]

I wanted to take a moment to wish The Gazine a happy birthday, but it’s a weird thing to do. First, I have to find enough breath to yell into the woods. I’m talking to everyone with Internet access, so I’m talking to no one, exactly. In this way, wishing The Gazine a happy birthday […]

If you believe Starbucks.com, the company’s CEO Howard Schultz is a true American hero. “In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. A place for conversation and a […]

A Look at Two of Chopin’s Preludes, Which After Having Heard Them, Are The Most Valuable Things I Own I visited Chopin’s Paris grave to thank him for his Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp. It’s the only religious thing I’ve done this year. I first heard the song on a $1 record I bought at […]

Amien Essif The following is a personal account of a clash between French students and police and was written on March 10, 2011 in Montpellier, France. “It’s the same thing every year,” said one of my native friends when the next morning I expressed a shock which I couldn’t articulate in broken French. “It’s a […]

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By Amien Essif, of The Gazine Alright, holiday shoppers of 2013 — are you having fun yet?  Did you get your rush on Black Friday, which has now been moved up to Thursday somewhere between the corn casserole and the cranberry relish?  More importantly, did you get your discount?  Great,…

What is a bookshelf? What is it really? Just a place for books, like a face is a place for features? Why can it make a room? How does it calm me down when I leave the world behind at midnight? The names. Donald Barthelme. Georges Perec. Stanislaw Lem. Roland Barthes. Martin Amis. Don Delillo. […]

By Amien Essif I was digging through the columns I wrote for my college newspaper between 2008 and 2011, and I found one on then-president-elect Obama from just about five years ago. In light of the Obamacare debacle, when Obama’s loyal liberal legions are shocked that he has sold out on so many issues, I […]

During the Bush years, patriotism came to describe the perfect union of Christianity and enthusiasm for foreign wars.  A Gallup poll from 2007, at the height of the Iraq War’s unpopularity, showed that while the majority of those who claimed “no religious preference” opposed the war, the majority of protestants still supported it. A more […]