Reuben Blaff

Reuben brings both left- and right-brain into his writings. Prior to pursuing an MA in astrophysics, he spent two years in English and creative writing. Reuben has also written a novel that didn't get published, a screenplay that never got made and is now hoping to find success in short-form writing.

Man And Machine: A Tragic Love Story

In many ways, the evolution of our species has been characterized by our technological innovations. Learning to control fire, inventing the wheel, discovering agriculture—each of these advances serves as a sort of mile marker along our road of development. In the last fifty years or so in particular, the...

Religion: The Great Disparity – Where Are All The Jews?

Judaism is the oldest of the Big 3 Abrahamic religions: the other two being Christianity and Islam. One might naturally assume then that since the Jewish population has had the most time to grow, it should be the largest. Well, one might be completely wrong… There are around 15 million...

You’re Just Tripping Out, Bro!

I stand in an alley — the epitome of sketchy. Weeds sprout out from cracks in the ground. Cigarette butts and trash are strewn about. A smell reminiscent of a skunk’s spray permeates the air. A friend — no, an acquaintance — of mine stands beside me, eyes bloodshot, hair...

The Money Hoop

Bumblebee black-and-yellow finish. Katzkin leather interior. Convertible soft top. 2.2L inline-four engine. Nearly salivating, Dustin stared at the sleek ‘04 Honda S2000 on his phone, dribbling a basketball with his free hand. Next to the image, an asking price: $20,000. With a sigh and a shake of his head, he...

How A Few Pets Changed My Life

I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to stop eating meat. I don’t remember the day, either. Or even the month. In fact, I only vaguely recall that it was about eight years ago, sometime during my final year of high school. What I do remember about it —...

Remember Me

Lester David Blackburn pulled his van to the side of the bustling road in the heart of the bustling city. Wide-eyed, he gazed about at the bright colourful lights, the big billboards, the even bigger buildings, the rushing rapids of foot traffic. He was here. He was actually here. New...

Sticking With The Tribe

Just recently, I—a Jew—started seeing…brace yourself…a Christian. I know what you’re probably thinking: What’s the big deal? To most people, there isn’t one. In fact, there’s no deal at all. Who cares if Jews date Christians? Who cares if they date Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus? Well, for some...

The End of Animal Farming

I began this piece with the intent of writing a review of Jacy Reese’s book, The End of Animal Farming, but as I went through my notes, I realized that too much vital information would be glossed over if I tried to cram it all into a thousand words....

The Trojan Horse Approach

For the past fifty-odd years, environmentalists, health experts, and animal activists from around the globe have been BEGGING people to eat less meat — much to their annoyance. I’ll spare you the list of reasons why because (a) you’ve probably heard them before, and (b) this article isn’t about...

So Far Away From Home

In this very car I once sat—happy, carefree, my two brothers and I laughing, playing games, messing around, my parents telling jokes up front. Now, I’m the one who’s driving it. And I’m driving all alone, down an unfamiliar road that stretches out before me as far as the...