I’m Nathan Schneider, a writer, editor, and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. I’ve published a book each on God and the Occupy movement. Writing articles for a variety of publications—like The Nation, Harper’sThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Catholic Worker—keeps my notebooks filled. My dueling columns for Vice magazine and America, the national Catholic weekly, keep me confused.

I suppose what I’m after is the chronicling of ideas, of perfect worlds, of ordinary imaginations in practice. My method is speculative. Every word is hypothesis—while recognizing fearfully that with even the most casual remark we are building ourselves and our world irrevocably. A person is like a boat, as the song goes:

Row, row, row your boat…

Facing where you’ve been with your back to what’s ahead—row hard or row gently, and try to steer.