Grayson Quay

Grayson Quay

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Grayson Quay is a freelance writer. His work has been published in The Washington Times, The National Interest, Rare, and Townhall. He is a graduate of Grove City College, a former high school teacher, and a current M.A. student at Georgetown University. 

Recent blog posts by this author

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

I recently re-read George Orwell’s anti-Soviet fable Animal Farm for the first time since high school, and I found myself at a loss to explain one of the book’s darkest scenes to the student I was tutoring. In this scene, Napoleon (Orwell’s stand...

'Much Ado about Nothing': Shakespeare’s Answer to #MeToo

In one sense, the #MeToo movement seems like an inherently modern event made possible by a perfect storm of social media, sexual revolution, post-Trump outrage, and third-wave feminism. Its accompanying hashtag, #TimesUp, reinforces the idea of...

The Soft Nihilism of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

In 1971, John Lennon asked us to imagine a world with “no heaven,” “no hell,” “no religion,” and “nothing to kill or die for.” Thirty-six years later, the piano on which he wrote that iconic anthem embarked on a “symbolic road trip for peace”...

How YouTube AutoPlay Becomes Your Child’s Worst Nightmare

I myself am not yet a parent, but I can understand why parents often get overwhelmed. Far be it from me to judge any parents who feel the need to hand their kids the iPhone for a few minutes now and then. But please, keep your small children away...

Why the Gillette Ad Has Been Misjudged and Deserves a Second Look

When I clicked play on Gillette’s new ad, I was fully prepared to roll my eyes at it.     I was expecting something along the lines of Nike’s controversial Colin Kaepernick campaign, another example of (as several Twitter...

How To Talk to Someone Who Wants To Put You In A Gulag

A few months ago, I was having a few beers with TAC managing editor Matt Purple, and we ended up pondering the great question of our times: why did people vote for Trump? After tossing around the usual answers (a reaction against...

How Fantasy Helps Us Appreciate the Past

The Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Harry Potter. These beloved fantasies, despite their differences in tone and setting, all have one thing in common. In each case, the great battle has already been fought. Aragorn’s quest to reclaim the throne...

Is Everything Old Bad?

National Review recently ran a piece headlined “Everything Old is Bad, a Continuing Series at Vox.” In that piece, author Charles C. W. Cooke took the left-leaning website to task for claiming that the requirement that a President of the United...

The Christian Quote that Everyone Takes out of Context

“[E]very saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” A quick Google search for that Oscar Wilde quote will suffice to show just how popular it is. It’s been engraved into jewelry, tattooed onto skin, and posted on Pinterest over picturesque...

Be Careful Using the NPC Meme

If you spend as much time on the internet as I do (which you probably shouldn’t), you’ve likely seen plenty of expressionless, crudely-drawn gray faces popping up in your various feeds lately. A new meme has been born. For those not up to date...

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