Man versus Society: Five Forms

I can’t remember when I became fascinated by the Tank Man. I was in my early 20s, and the image of a single individual, standing against oppression at great personal risk, really resonated with me. I periodically thought about it, and after a couple of years I...

Man versus Self: Five Forms

I’d have a hard time picking my favorite Miyazaki film (Spirited Away? My Neighbor Totoro?), but I have a special fondness for Kiki’s Delivery Service. Kiki, a young witch, is flying to a new town to start her training period when she runs into another...

Storytelling in a Liar’s World

Human beings mythologize, tell half-truths, and outright lie. We mold the details of our lives to fit the stories we tell in the same way we fill in the missing spot in our vision. We have only so much brain power, after all: we can’t properly evaluate all the...