June 19th, 2014 / 10:04 am

Over at The Atlantic, Ian Bogost has a fascinating essay that frames itself as a discussion of the Star Trek: TNG episode “Darmok” (more easily remembered as the “Shaka, when the walls fell” episode, or the “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” episode, or that episode where Picard couldn’t build a fire because he was too busy dramatically holding knives, and Troi and Data both got really dumb, and the aliens kept talking weird about all their past successes and failures) and extends itself into a discussion of language, logic, allegory, and SimCity. In other words, Ian Bogost obviously wrote an essay about poetry, whether he meant to or not, and we should all read it.


  1. shaun gannon

      that might be my favorite episode of TNG. i even have a darmok shirt because nerd for life

  2. Mike Young

      wow, where did you get a darmok shirt?!

  3. shaun gannon

      i think i googled “darmok and jalad at tanagra tshirt” and looked at various cafepress knockoffs until i saw a design that i liked, which is this one

  4. Mike Young

      holy shit i want that

  5. A D Jameson