About this Thing

Here’s what I’m planning:

  1. Workshopping my ongoing book project concerning freedom of discussion. More on this here and here.

  2. Social and political commentary informed by political philosophy and psychology.

  3. Mini-essays, reflections, or explanations related to philosophy, literature, film, or psychoanalysis.

  4. Occasionally, these will be drive by reader comments and questions. Please comment and query!

  5. Sometimes (2) and (3) will merge in interesting ways.

Guilt alleviation disclaimer: I tend to write very long essays. Which takes me time. And I’m essentially trying to use this platform to write a book. So I don’t know how frequently I can post, and I don’t know when I’ll start paywalling. Please keep this mind if you become a paid supporter!

Another disclaimer: I write in several different keys. Some are less accessible than others. More dense posts are typically that way because of time constraints. My long-term goal is to explain everything clearly.

About Me

For more than a decade, I’ve been podcasting about philosophy at The Partially Examined Life. More recently, I started another podcast focused on literature and film, Subtext.


Wes Alwan
Co-host of @partiallyexlife and @enjoysubtext. Occasional essays about film, literature, politics.