These blog posts offer humanities-eye takes on the modern world. They try to answer those questions most of us have heard: why bother studying history or literature? does reading a long Victorian novel or stumbling through a Beethoven piano sonata really help you handle what’s going on today? The answer here is mostly yes. Humanities-style knowledge doesn’t give us road-maps or drop-down menus, but lack of that knowledge helps explain some of the fuck-ups and general weirdness we see so often these days.