Managing editor of Reason magazine

Reference

Jesse Walker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Jesse Walker (born 4 September 1970) is books editor of Reason magazine. The University of Michigan alumnus has written the books The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (HarperCollins, 2013) and Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America (NYU Press, 2001), and he maintains a blog called The Perpetual Three-Dot Column. ..."

Biography

Jesse Walker: Staff - Reason.com
"Jesse Walker is managing editor of Reason magazine. He has written on topics ranging from pirate radio to copyright law to political paranoia ... Walker is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a B.A. in history. His personal blog is The Perpetual Three-Dot Column."

Blog

The Perpetual Three-Dot Column

Writings

Death Kitsch: Old vigilantes never die. OK, so sometimes they do., Reason, 8 Sep 2003
Compares Eastwood's Dirty Harry series with Charles Bronson's Death Wish and their cultural influences
"Director Sergio Leone had approached Bronson to play what became Eastwood's breakthrough role in A Fistful of Dollars (1964); a few years later, he gave Bronson a part in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) that by some accounts was written for Eastwood. ... As Paul Kersey and Harry Callahan, the vigilante hero of Death Wish and the rogue cop of Dirty Harry, Bronson and Eastwood channeled the rage of right-wing populists, drew yet more rage from liberal critics, and were affiliated forevermore in the pop-culture pantheon."
Related Topic: Clint Eastwood
Illuminated Manuscripts: The legacy of Robert Anton Wilson, 16 Jan 2007
Short memorial essay, noting the paucity of attention to Wilson's death in the mainstream press contrasted to the multiple tributes on the internet
"The novelist, satirist, journalist, and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson passed away last Thursday, just a week shy of his 75th birthday. When he was alive he sometimes complained—or maybe it was a boast—that his books were never reviewed in The New York Times. The paper of record did pay its respects when he died, though, with a brief piece about his life and work. It wasn't entirely accurate, but the author of Illuminatus! would have enjoyed that. ... Given his enormous influence on pop culture, from Lost to Laura Croft, you might have expected Wilson's death to get more attention in the mainstream press."
Related Topic: Robert Anton Wilson
Live From Chapel Perilous: We're living in Robert Anton Wilson's world, Reason, Dec 2003
Contrasts Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and Wilson's (and Robert Shea's) Illuminatus! and argues that Wilson has had a much larger cultural influence than Pynchon
"Robert Anton Wilson is the unacknowledged elephant in our cultural living room: a direct and indirect influence on popular books, movies, TV shows, music, games, comics, and commentary. ... Wilson is a primary source for the ironic style of conspiracism, a sensibility that treats alleged cabals not as intrigues to be exposed or lies to be debunked but as a bizarre mutant mythos to be mined for laughs, metaphors, and social insights. ... Somewhere between absolute belief and absolute incredulity, he tells us, the universe contains a maybe. To which anyone who follows the news these days can reply: No doubt."
Related Topic: Robert Anton Wilson
Vonnegut, Heinlein, Kipling, and Others Battle It Out for a Libertarian Award, 17 Jan 2017
Discusses the LFS Hall of Fame awards and lists the 2017 finalists with brief descriptions of each
"The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its finalists for this year's Hall of Fame award. This is one of two prizes the group gives out annually: The Prometheus Award honors the best libertarian-themed novel of the past year, while the Hall of Fame Award goes to libertarian fiction that first appeared at least half a decade ago. The focus is on science fiction—hence that word 'Futurist'—but non-sf works are occasionally added to the mix."
South Park Libertarians: Trey Parker and Matt Stone on liberals, conservatives, censorship, and religion., by Nick Gillespie, Jesse Walker, Reason, Dec 2006
Transcript of conversation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, at Reason's Aug 2006 conference in Amsterdam
"... South Park, now finishing its first decade at Comedy Central, follows the misadventures of four grade-school boys in the mythical town of South Park, Colorado, a Brigadoon of small-town depravity, degradation, and good old American values. I suspect that South Park will prove every bit as long-lived in the American subconscious as Mark Twain's Hannibal, Missouri, or Laura Ingalls Wilder's prairie."
Related Topics: Trey Parker, South Park

Interviews (interviewer)

Soundbite: Music Man, by Robbie Fulks, Jesse Walker, Reason, May 2000
"I grew up in the '70s, when the culture was a lot more laissez-faire, open-minded, and generally scabrous than these days. There's a sort of puritanism in the air nowadays that wasn't there when I was growing up. Mad magazine, National Lampoon, the after-effects of Lenny Bruce--it was different."