Author Archives: Ezra Tischler


Monarch I opened my front door, and when I bent to retrieve The Times, a crispy Monarch met my gaze. Sunburnt orange and white polka dotted all within a thick black border. As delicately as I could, I grasped her wing. But when I lifted she fell apart, disintegrating in the wind. I watched this dead butterfly float away as though Read more [...]

Is The Ink Already Dry?

Spoiler Alert: This article contains references to events that happen in the sixth season of Game of Thrones. There are also revealing references to the plot of The Terminator, but if you haven't seen The Terminator by now then you deserve to have it spoiled.  A few weeks ago I was talking to my mom about Game of Thrones. We were discussing Read more [...]

Original Soundtrack

Last weekend I went to the movies, for the first time in a long time, to peep the new drug-trade thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. It was enjoyable for a slew of reasons—the cast, the action-driven plot, and the beautiful desert settings. However, I found myself most intrigued by the film’s soundtrack. (Editors note: I realize Read more [...]

Challenge Accepted…Sort Of

Sometime early last week is when I saw the first video. I wasn’t sure what it was all about. Then, in the ensuing days I saw more posts, more hashtags. The trend defined itself. My Facebook newsfeed was transformed into a waterfall of ice water, pouring a shockingly cool awareness over me. With each brief video I watched I could feel my awareness Read more [...]

A Rebuttal: Why March Madness is the Pinnacle of Competition

Editor's Note: When this blog was started by a group of friends, we hoped it would become a running dialogue of our interests. In the purest sense, we would be communicating with each other, while letting others in on the conversation. Admittedly, there has been little communication between the contributors, with some spending more time in Bobcat Read more [...]

Timely Compassion

In the aftermath of the terrible explosions at the Boston Marathon we've seen an outpouring of compassion from those wishing to help the victims, their families and friends. Many are citing this response from the public as evidence that even in the darkest times, the light of human nature shines bright. It is true that following these occasions Read more [...]

The Man Who Never Quit, Finally Decides to Give Up: Should we do the same?

Late in the evening of August 24th the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced it would sanction American cyclist Lance Armstrong for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and orchestrating a team-wide doping scheme during the course of his career. A consequence of this sanction is the stripping of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles Read more [...]

Step into Bobcat Territory

This is the first official weekly column of the Bobcat Territory website. It is written by an individual author but holds aspects of a brief welcome letter on behalf of all of the site's contributors. When my dad was nineteen, the summer after his sophomore year in college, he went camping with some friends in Upstate New York.  That’s Read more [...]

An Idea of Immortality

One of my favorite philosophical readings is Plato’s Phaedo, the renowned Socratic dialogue depicting the days leading to the death of Socrates. In the dialogue Socrates offers, among other things, arguments for the soul’s immortality. His musings on the soul begin as mere reassurance to his friends and students. Although he has just been Read more [...]