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About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com

Films Seen in 2021 Part 7

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I didn’t go with any further challenges, although I did end up watching several African-American horror movies, and did my best to take advantage of … Continue reading

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Dishonesty as a virtue

Years ago, I read The 48 Rules of Power. My brothers got it for me as a Christmas gift, since I like to write stories about powerful people, and they figured this would provide advice for stories about successful assholes. … Continue reading

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This Should Be a Movie

Once upon a time it was controversial to suggest that doctors should wash their hands. The Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis was the first to advocate for the need for this. It did not end well. So Semmelweis hypothesized that there were … Continue reading

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Reforming political primaries

It seems to me that there should be a few reforms to political primaries. There should be runoffs. It’s problematic if a candidate wins in a crowded field with a quarter of the vote, especially if it’s for a safe … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2021 Part 6

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. For this group, I added four sub-challenges: five movies by female directors, five Russian movies, five Shakespeare adaptations and five movies that were nominated for Academy Awards last … Continue reading

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Judicial Philosophy

One thing I’ve observed when listening to discussions about policy on conservative and progressive podcasts, or reading articles about the matter, is that conservatives tend to care about legal rationale, while progressives focus more on results. This got me thinking … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2021 Part 5

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I’ve had a few sub-goals: five French films, five films from AFI’s list of the funniest movies ever, five films by actor-directors and because I’ve realized … Continue reading

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Baltic Modernist Films Seen In 2021

I’m going in a slightly different direction for the posts about films I’ve seen this year, as The Anthology Film Archives is making a collection of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films available on Vimeo for the next week and a … Continue reading

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Critical Race Theory

In a recent episode of the New York Times podcast The Argument, there was a discussion about the use of critical race theory in schools, with linguist John McWhorter taking the anti-CRT position, and Michelle Goldberg suggesting that the real … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2021 Part 3

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I’ve had a few sub-goals: five films from Arrow’s streaming service, five films nominated for Academy Awards this year (this was later changed to five … Continue reading

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