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Zac Hill
Zac Hill is the Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship-winning social enterprise focusing on bridging the "inspiration gap" in American high schools, and a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a 2008-2009 Henry Luce Scholar at the Centre for Independent Journalism in Kuala Lumpur, and from 2009-2012 he was a Lead Game Designer for the card game Magic: The Gathering. He also writes for The Believer and for the lifestyle-gaming website

Entries by Zac Hill

Jackson's Big Ambition

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 8:46 PM


Great Caesar's new EP captures a future-great band at a formative moment in their history. You will want to remember how you felt when you heard them like this.


I am maybe the worst person on Earth to write this review.

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The New Optimism: Nick Troiano and Redesigning Congress

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:46 AM

Much has been made about a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll suggesting that over three quarters of Americans do not believe their children will have a better life than they do.

This is the highest number ever...

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The Miley Dilemma

(155) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:34 PM

If you're going to be a big-deal female pop-media personality in America, you've got to swallow the following trio of bullshit truths:

A) From age 5-17 you're a paragon of innocence, neat and nice and non-threatening and ultimately very Christmas-Card-like. Chances are it's the Disney network that's making you famous,...

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Dropping In on Dropping Out: A Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:02 PM

The book is not about dropping out of college.

Of course, that doesn't stop people from acting like it is. Or arguing about why it is. Or (for example) demonizing its author, Dale J. Stephens, for encouraging impressionable young Americans to make a very, very bad decision.


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Bridging the Gap: Gretchen Skogerson's Strange Play

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Ever since I published The Intimacy Gap a few months back, I've been on the lookout for books, movies, articles, stories, blog entries, or art exhibits that capture, in creative form, the unique kind of distance enabled by the way we use technology in modern American society. Finally,...

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The Intimacy Gap

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:58 PM

"Send Private messages to people by only sharing your post with them, disable reshare" --Google+ "CheatSheet"


"Please read my letter // and promise me you'll keep // the secrets and the memories // we cherish in the deep." --Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Please Read the Letter"


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'Winning' the Higher Education Game

(6) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 3:34 PM

"The entire law school industry -- and it is an industry of sorts, representing a significant profit center for universities -- is a giant bubble."

This is a quote from Jonathan Chait over at the New Republic, and it's on my mind as I sit down at Elysian...

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Being Cool With Having Stuff: At-Least-Potentially Guilt-Free Super Bowl Cruising

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Last week I watched the Super Bowl on a cruise ship. Given that I observed at least one passenger on the boat listening to Kid Rock's "Amen" on an iPod during the relevant fourish hours in question, and also given that the ship's aft "Lido" deck buffet does in fact...

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Michael Vick, Black Swan, and David Foster Wallace: An Act in Three Acts

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:11 AM

"The only person standing in your way is you."
-Thomas Leroy, to Nina, Black Swan

"Nothing's going to change. That means I've got to change."
-Michael Vick

"It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in:...

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Comedy at the Center: Why Jon Stewart Is Actually For Real

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 4:01 PM

This past weekend, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 Americans gathered on the National Mall for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. By all accounts -- size, scope, celebrity guest appearances, media coverage, blogosphere buzz, YouTube cell-phone-camera uploads, etc. -- the event was a resounding...

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Reforming the Rakyat

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 1:22 PM

Late last month, the State Government of Selangor, Malaysia, released The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor, a collection of essays by prominent politicians, academics, and commentators aimed at assessing the Pakatan Rakyat government's performance since the coalition rose to power in March 2008.

It is difficult to...

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Searching for Bobby Kennedy: Health Care and the Moral Imperative

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 1:40 PM

A little over a year ago, my friend Robert Ellis Gordon posted an open letter to President Obama here at HuffPost in response to a query sent out by David Plouffe. The Obama campaign was searching for stories chronicling Americans' experiences with their healthcare system, and the challenges they've encountered...

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A Few Notes Upon Witnessing a Bunch of Pretend Lawyers Hoot, Holler, and Collapse Into Tears

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 5:23 PM

Last week, the American Mock Trial Association released its 2010-2011 case packet, a 146-page document containing all the orders, instructions, stipulations, statutes, case law, affidavits, and exhibits needed for college students across America to try a case. If this list of fabricated legal documents doesn't exactly sound scintillating, that's because...

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Arrested for Possession of an Unlit Candle

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 11:30 AM

"You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out the fire." --Peter Gabriel

"This is the first time I've seen the back of a police van," Tshiung Han See tweets.

He is sitting on a rickety rear bench seat with four of the thirty-seven...

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Freedom of Information Comes to Malaysia

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 4:33 PM

The Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor, Malaysia created history earlier this month by tabling the nation's first piece of Right to Information legislation in the State Assembly. But the bill has its flaws.

The Selangor Freedom of Information Enactment, introduced by Executive Counselor Elizabeth Wong, aims to "enhance disclosure...

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