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2019-12-06:

2019-12-06: The Whole Usefulness of Education The whole usefulness of education consists only in the memory of it, for just as having heard …

2019-11-26: In true reality, there is nothing but relationships. Piet Mondrian (via a MoMA placard)

2019-11-22: One of my favorite acts of early technoanarchy, the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion, …

2019-11-19:

2019-11-10: The movers and shakers depend on the visions of the dreamers: those for whom the world is real are …

2019-11-09:

2019-11-07: On this day in 1907, railroad engineer Jesús García saved the entire town of Nacozari de García by …

2019-11-01: It’s only defamation if it’s not true, 1831 edition Today I learned that in 1831, French satirical artist Charles Philipon “published a drawing of the …

2019-10-31: Reading Update Back at it: Finished “Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa” by David Livingstone …

2019-10-24: Autumn thing

2019-10-20: Today I also learned that Standard Oil founders John D Rockefeller and William Rockefeller Jr. were …

2019-10-20: Today I learned about Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire

2019-10-16:

2019-10-16: Advertisements do not exist to inform you, they exist to sell you something. They are carefully …

2019-10-13: Today I learned that Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the flight that crashed and killed Buddy …

2019-10-08: You know, people say that things move faster nowadays, but Napoleon’s empire only existed for ten …

2019-10-05: When dogs wake up do they know they were dreaming?

2019-10-02: Today I learned about…Hanlon’s razor: Never attribute to malice that which is …

2019-09-30: The Accidental Planners: An inspiring attempt at community centered redevelopment in Berlin.

2019-09-29:

2019-09-25: Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. -Epictetus

2019-09-24: What’s the point of art? This is wonderful potential explanation. I’m sold.

2019-09-21: Likability in Literature This evening, in search of a particular quote from one of my favorite novels, “A Confederacy of …

2019-09-19: This list of terms of venery (the collective name for a group of animals) is often pleasantly …

2019-09-18: This article about early 20th century landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson is really …

2019-09-17: On this day in 1859, Joshua A. Norton of San Francisco proclaimed himself Norton I, Emporer of the …

2019-09-15: A forest in a stadium. Love this and everything it speaks.

2019-09-10: Peppers

2019-09-09: It never gets dark in the city so the people go blind.

2019-09-05: The remarkable story of George Psalmanazar, the mysterious 18th century Frenchman who successfully …

2019-09-05: A world built on sand and oil

2019-09-02:

2019-09-01: On this day in 1914, the last known passenger pigeon, Martha, died in Cincinnati.

2019-08-29:

2019-08-26: Why Epicurean ideas suit the challenges of modern secular life

2019-08-22:

2019-08-21: If you’re the guy who calls the baseball game someone else owns your voice.

2019-08-18: Reading Update Finished re-reading Roberto Bolaño’s “2666” / finished the third book of …

2019-08-14: Amazing thrown together dinner, or Saturday’s shrimp boil leftovers? You can have both!

2019-08-14: Today I learned about…ergodocity Ask yourself: are you reading your statistical models right? …

2019-08-13:

2019-08-13: Maybe, just maybe, the problem is that everyone is always yelling.

2019-08-12: This is my absolute favorite moment in the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”: they’re performing …

2019-08-02: The Yelp Effect The Yelp Effect: When people behave as if they are experts because someone profiting from that …

2019-07-31: Turns out marble quarrying is very satisfying to watch

2019-07-31: The revolutionary charge of utopia In architecture, critical activity has always been connected with the concept of utopia; utopia is …

2019-07-31: Wherever God erects a house of prayer / the Devil always builds a chapel there; / And ’t will …

2019-07-29: Everyone we meet along the way Whoever we are, we’re always moving along our own routes, finding ourselves in foreign lands, …

2019-07-29: We are not nations, I say; we are narratives.

2019-07-27: Workspace

2019-07-16: I like to imagine what the world would be like if we all lived in an “offbeat news” bubble instead.

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2019-07-05: Why yes, I think this crop of Three Dog Night’s album Cyan is going to come in quite handy some …

2019-07-02: Videos of people playing 80” gongs. I need a giant gong.

2019-06-28: The energy of the universe is constant. The entropy of the universe tends to a maximum. Rudolf …

2019-06-28: Today I learned about the Hayflick Limit: the number of times a human cell can undergo mitosis …

2019-06-27: This video exploring the lives of Lada drivers in northern Russia is a wonderful demonstration of …

2019-06-25: This afternoon, where I live Porches, curbs, primitively arranged corners; dust trails through tall grass, beer cans, …

2019-06-25:

2019-06-21: Siachen Glacier

2019-06-20: Chefchaouen, Morocco (the palette is more vibrant from street level, FWIW)

2019-06-20: Tepito, Mexico City

2019-06-18: Outskirts of Dubai, aerially.

2019-06-18: Human Capital An amazing short film capturing the street life of Beijing.

2019-06-13:

2019-06-12: I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the pleasure that writing in a notebook brings me.

2019-06-07: History is the vast store of human conciousness adrift in the gulf of time, the present living in …

2019-06-06: Farewell, Mac

2019-06-06: I’ve lived more or less out of a suitcase since 2016 and yet after living in the same place for six …

2019-06-05: Switch ‘the’ to ‘a’ and the world changes. Laurie Anderson

2019-05-26:

2019-05-25: Real talk on the walls of the bathroom stall.

2019-05-25: Though this is a city of many dark underbellies, these days most New Orleans residents operate …

2019-05-24: The first time I ever heard of eating cold lasagna like a sandwich it blew my mind.

2019-05-23: Today I learned about Poles of Inaccessibility.

2019-05-23: compassion compassion compassion compassion compassion compassion compassion compassion compassion …

2019-05-22: Garlic.

2019-05-21: Got a little bit o’ lumber lying around…

2019-05-20: Today I learned that on this day in 1570, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered the first true …

2019-05-20: You weren’t educated, you were trained. Alejandro Zambra, Multiple Choice (it’s a beautiful, …

2019-05-16: Escape Velocity Its tempting to envision the collective cultural movement of the long 1960s as a chaotically …

2019-05-15: Not Another Way of Saying Things Using in one tongue the word for a thing in the other makes the attributes of both reasound: if you …

2019-05-07: Lettuce gone to seed

2019-05-07: Today I learned about…chowder.

2019-05-05: Well I think this is just all kinds of interesting.

2019-05-05: My old favorite New Orleans t-shirt (“old favorite” how fickle I am) has aged quite poetically over …

2019-05-03: WANT: The instruction manual used during the first moon landing is up for auction. Complete with …

2019-05-02: A starling strikes a pose.

2019-05-01: Today I learned about…rice. Rice is pretty interesting.

2019-05-01: Don’t take any guff from these swine Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Profanity …

2019-04-28: And when I’m not sure if I prefer to be the wisened local or the hardened foreigner, I blunder …

2019-04-28: And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made, and the sign flashed out its warning in …

2019-04-28: I ❤️ midcentury municipal modern

2019-04-23:

2019-04-20: Enchilada spices

2019-04-19:

2019-04-18: Today I learned about…The McGurk Effect, a perceptual phenomenon that demonstrates an …

2019-04-18: The way things are is not the only way they could be.

2019-04-13:

2019-04-12: Today I learned about…Allison Guyat. I should have been a geologist. Or an oceanographer. Or

2019-04-10: The clearest and most creative thoughts The clearest and most creative thoughts are those that occur during one of three states: the first …

2019-04-08: Summers coming!

2019-04-07: Today I learned about…the Bengali Hungry Generation poets (1961-1965), whose approach was to …

2019-04-07: Beautifully written exploration of the moral imperative to preserve the music of black …

2019-04-07: What War of the Worlds Did All unwittingly Mr Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre of the Air have made one of the most …

2019-04-06: Everyday bayou sky

2019-03-28: Todays Cajun vocabulary word is… mailloche: unsuccessful biscuit

2019-03-28: Today I learned about…Jerrie Cobb, a female pilot and obvious badass who unofficially …

2019-03-27: OMG the book cover is present in my ebooks, but the back of the book is gone! Relegated to a web …

2019-03-23:

2019-03-21: There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America. Check out the …

2019-03-18: Boat deck

2019-03-18: Intelligence is a process, vague and heavily improvised, not a specifically defined trait born with, …

2019-03-17:

2019-03-16: A society based on artists could be trouble, but a society without artists could be really …

2019-03-11: This nonsense of earning a living We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a …

2019-03-09: The beauty of baseball is that time can be a tool, not a constraint; an ally, not another …

2019-03-08: The camp, late winter

2019-03-05: This morning I woke up in New Orleans, my home town, in a French Quarter apartment, to the bright …

2019-03-01: Despite all the suffering in the world, people make beautiful things. Feed this beauty.

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2019-02-28: Getting back to it! St Roch Cemetery, New Orleans, LA.

2019-02-28: Reading Update Finished re-reading Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice” (too quickly) / finished “The Tale of Genji” by …

2019-02-26: …and after the third beer, I become increasingly unsettled by a dim suspicion that people …

2019-02-23:

2019-02-22: Today I learned about the Gin Craze

2019-02-20: Lafourche Cajun Vernacular “Traînasse,” from “traîner,” to drag or haul, is a marsh word that typically refers to a pirogue …

2019-02-18: FYI roasted broccoli-gone-to-seed is amazing.

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2019-02-13: the season’s last oranges, a bittersweet moment

2019-02-12: The boat motor died…the lawn mower motor, on the other hand…

2019-02-12: Here, on the internet, is a nowhere space, a shallow time. It is a flat and impenetrable surface. …

2019-02-05: It’s after the end of the world, don’t you know that yet? Sun Ra

2019-02-03: Today a drunk on Rampart Street told me a story about a friend of his who had gone three years …

2019-02-02: Live oaks, winter, City Park, New Orleans

2019-02-01: Friday night vibes

2019-01-26:

2019-01-26: Counted twelve different types of plants growing in this small patch of “grass”

2019-01-24: There would be nothing if there weren’t everything Quantum physics (more or less, and poetically interpreted) says that everything is probability until …

2019-01-22: Good Men are Hard to Find They say good men are to find, and that may be true, but it’s not cause they aren’t around. Problem …

2019-01-20:

2019-01-19: Oh shit sit up straight the new restaurants are fancier than the old ones we miss, and who painted …

2019-01-19:

2019-01-16: Walking poem (a selection of places family members have lived) From the Evening Shade of this Poplar …

2019-01-15: I love the kind of thinking that produces beautiful stuff like this. The Embroidered Computer

2019-01-12: David Byrne, “Take Me to the River” Stop Making Sense, nineteen-freaking-eighty-four. …

2019-01-11: We are dreaming sleepers, curious provincials, winning losers, subversive suckups, creative …

2019-01-10: Killed the afternoon at the seafood shed along the bayou

2019-01-10: How I rebel: Seek understanding, not answers / Use as little as possible / Make new things / Always …

2019-01-09: studying ‘peripheries’ is no less rewarding than studying ‘centres’ In How the Latin East …

2019-01-02: Today I learned about the Draupner Wave, observed in the North Sea in 1995, confirming the …

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2018-12-31: Beach shells, Grand Isle State Park

2018-12-30:

2018-12-29: The Past and the Future Any romp on Wikipedia or afternoon on a busy street will quickly illustrate to anyone given to such …

2018-12-28: There are two types of people in the world: those who keep their kitchen utensils hidden in drawers …

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2018-12-22: I’m sorry, somehow, I’m just now, after watching it in a bar, understanding that “It’s a Wonderful …

2018-12-22:

2018-12-22: The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture…. the writer can …

2018-12-21: When I’m in New Orleans, I eat at my friends’ restaurants. That’s what a good life looks like.

2018-12-20: Beltway We built the town’s first bypass to ensure quiet in the neighborhood, to keep the rustle of trees …

2018-12-19: That Kind of Rain It rained early afternoon in South Louisiana today that kind of rain that starts hesitant and gentle …

2018-12-18: Madness is the result of the shock produced in man by his own intelligence and we still haven’t …

2018-12-17: Nothing good happens quickly.

2018-12-17: Today I learned…what an entrepôt is. Wikipedia is the best. If you don’t already chip in to …

2018-12-16:

2018-12-14: A democracy where public life is made up of strife between political parties is incapable of …

2018-12-13:

2018-12-11: The Batture The Mississippi River batture, America’s great accidental post-millennial wilderness a century in …

2018-12-10: The river parishes in Louisiana, where the neighborhoods are struck through with ditches sloping …

2018-12-09: Was out and about in the neighborhoods last night…

2018-12-07:

2018-12-07: Working around the house, music on my AirPods, seeing an incoming call alert on my watch, then …

2018-12-06: Management technique: those who are allowed to choose their own prison seldom attempt to escape.

2018-12-05: These bookends, inspired by the alleyways of Tokyo, make me miss my books and bookshelves and having …

2018-12-04: Slow Media I‘ve been intentionally unplugged from the never-ending stream of warped, emotionally manipulative …

2018-12-03: Reading Update Finished all three books in Sergio Pitol’s “Trilogy of Memory” / finished …

2018-12-02:

2018-11-29: Self portrait in headlight glare, at a bar, down the bayou, Thursday evening, late November.

2018-11-29: During WWII, the Maharaja of Nawanagar volunteered to host nearly a thousand Polish refugee children …

2018-11-27: While taking a (brief) break from my years-long Latin American literature kick, it hit me why I love …

2018-11-25: I was staring through a window looking at something outside so intently that I realized I’d …

2018-11-23: I don’t do Black Friday. I caught these instead.

2018-11-22: Today I learned about beamforming! Productive morning. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018-11-21: Today I learned, somehow for the first time, that The Moon Is Flipped Upside Down in the Southern …

2018-11-20: “In this house for all, the private space is reduced to the bed of each one of the members of …

2018-11-20: Leftovers are the best

2018-11-16: Nice to be back along the Mississippi

2018-11-16: “Spinal Tap” is a work of literature.

2018-11-15:

2018-11-14: Weeknight chillin on google maps: Al Jawf, Libya

2018-11-14: Why Doesn’t Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings? A great reminder that language, culture, …

2018-11-14: My favorite Louisiana holiday tradition is how we force upon each other all the citrus we can’t …

2018-11-13: The Niki-Joe, Bayou Lafourche, Golden Meadow, LA

2018-11-13: Overheard: “Racist jokes? Bah! They’re all the same.”

2018-11-12: I rarely miss much about Louisiana when I’m away, but I’m always happy to return to the …

2018-11-11: And now I’m in…Golden Meadow, LA

2018-11-10: Today I learned…how glass break sensors work (without tripping one). Always be learning.

2018-11-10: Late autumn at Pinnacle Mountain, near Little Rock, Arkansas

2018-11-09: A History of Monsters

2018-11-09: An invisible web of fiction surrounds us and we struggle as prisoners inside it like those who …

2018-11-07: From the pen of a Victorian philosopher, truth for our proudly contrarian age: Believing without …

2018-11-04: And now I’m in…Little Rock, Arkansas

2018-11-03: Easy to forget in all this damn noise that not all great art needs to save the world; some needs to …

2018-11-01: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri Autumn.

2018-10-29: A History of the Hardware Store and so much more.

2018-10-29: Deep Vellum Publishing is dedicated to providing literature in translation. I just finished reading …

2018-10-29: Years ago, when I was young and stupid and thought twitter and mean humor were cool, I would have …

2018-10-26: These posters are not only beautiful, poignant reminders of the ‘68 protests in Mexico City …

2018-10-25: Any day is a good day when you learn about a new cool person: may I present Grandma Gatewood, born …

2018-10-24: Sitting by a fire, drinking beer and wondering where all the great madmen have gone…ours can …

2018-10-24: I needed to read this. I needed to understand: “Why Do You Write Political Stories?” by Nana Kwame …

2018-10-22: And now I’m in…Poplar Bluff, MO.

2018-10-20: And now I’m in…Denver, CO

2018-10-18: I realized today that even though I’ve long known that my environment has a lot to do with how I …

2018-10-17: Winter approaches gracefully in the mountains

2018-10-14: And now I’m in…Salt Lake City

2018-10-05: At some point tomorrow I will lose cell service, and then I’ll be in…the Boise National …

2018-10-05: Gonna miss this island, but: onward!

2018-10-03: Lake Cushman at dawn, Olympic National Forest, Washington. (from this photo)

2018-10-03: Blackberries on the ferile vine, Seattle, mid September

2018-10-03: Reading Sergio Pitol’s “The Art of Flight” has me in awe of his generation of writers and artists, …

2018-10-03: Shipwrecks and the Atchafalaya, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Simon Gunning at …

2018-10-02: I just want to be out here all the time. That’s all.

2018-10-01: The more enthusiastic the ignorance around me, the more enthusiastically I apply myself to reading …

2018-09-28: Forests Among The Puget Sound

2018-09-28: ”Pharisaism, stupidity, and despotism reign not in merchants’ houses and prisons alone. I see them …

2018-09-25: Reading Update Finished re-reading “Between Parenthesis” by Roberto Bolaño / finished “Poso …

2018-09-25: “Only the fruits of thought and artistic creation justify man’s presence in the world.” - …

2018-09-18: Every summer I swear I’ll embrace the coming winter and enjoy the cold, not because I hate …

2018-09-16: I wonder if the crew of this ferry knows that the most accessible void is within each of us.

2018-09-11: I’ve learned to watch baseball through the blocks and pixelated haze of a crowded internet; my …

2018-09-09: And now I’m in…Vashon, WA.

2018-09-05: No filter on this beauty here

2018-09-03: Skyline and sunshine

2018-09-02: And now I’m in…Seattle, WA.

2018-08-28: I love BLDGBLG’s perspective on anything, like finding European hunger stones: if you are reading …

2018-08-26: I call my decorating style “perpetual guest room resident”

2018-08-26: And now I’m in…Portland, Oregon.

2018-08-22: Aw man somebody lost their keys…that sucks

2018-08-20:

2018-08-19: Dessert tart implements, Montana.

2018-08-18: And now I’m in…Bozeman, MT.

2018-08-18: Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Sunrise-ish. Downwind of distant wildfires.

2018-08-14: I’ve been collecting color palates using Adobe Capture for a couple years now. It’s a surprisingly …

2018-08-13: Top notch wisdom in tonight’s baseball telecast: “Don’t play to prove the haters wrong, play to …

2018-08-11: And now I’m in…Bismarck, North Dakota.

2018-08-11: The north end of Lake Itasca, AKA the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

2018-08-10: You must listen to Protoje’s new album, “A Matter of Time.” Tight, chill, furious reggae for the end …

2018-08-10:

2018-08-09: Reading Update Finished “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin / Finished re-reading “Fear and Loathing in Las …

2018-08-06: Shoutout to parks and nature trails and a whole wide world green with plants, crawling with bugs, …

2018-08-04: And now I’m in…Minneapolis, MN.

2018-08-01: Little bits of history criss-cross everywhere: the Soviet space program and a sidewalk outside a …

2018-08-01: Wow. These computer-optimized floor plans are…fascinating.

2018-07-31: Lake Michigan, looking east from Manitowoc.

2018-07-28: And now I’m in…Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

2018-07-27: Interesting, the way one first confronts a famous mountain, in reality, seeing it suddenly there in …

2018-07-26: I don’t call it “living simply” or “rejecting consumerism,” I call it “disrupting capitalism.” I’m …

2018-07-26: Some dogs can emit remarkably emotive sighs.

2018-07-23: Sometimes, when I allow myself to feel such things, I am upset that there is no linguistic …

2018-07-23: I love sitting outside and drinking a few beers on a summer evening, after the sun has finally set, …

2018-07-21: Leveque Tower lobby, Columbus, OH. Gorgeous.

2018-07-20: Friday Scrabble Poem: She gears beast soar love insole zit beer act duet beam post meek panda pie …

2018-07-20: Saw a picture this morning from a monsoon street flood. Remembered that feeling in New Orleans. The …

2018-07-19: Growing more fascinated with the cobbled together nature of suburbia: tract developments linked to …

2018-07-16: Tonight, my friends’ 9 year old asked me what the Trojan horse was. I told her the story but when …

2018-07-15: The truth is that the doors of progress close behind us as we pass: there is no way out of our …

2018-07-15: Ah, childhood summers.

2018-07-14:

2018-07-14: And now I’m in…Columbus, OH.

2018-07-13: Reading Update Re-read “Signs Preceding the End of the World” by Yuri Herrera (superlative, essential) / Finished …

2018-07-13:

2018-07-12: The sky is big today: swallows a crow’s caw whole.

2018-07-10:

2018-07-09: And now im in…Cambridge, Ontario

2018-07-09: A butterfly can flap its wings in China and cause a tornado in Kansas: it must in order to survive. …

2018-07-07: If I had to identify one encouraging development in our hyper-connected modern world, it’s the …

2018-07-06: A Vision of Paradise This morning all the news networks finally gave up and declared there was NO REASON TO BE AFRAID, …

2018-07-05: Life is not a hostile ocean that must be crossed before I can arrive upon a new continent to call …

2018-07-05: The Montreal Metro look is 🔥

2018-07-03: Yellow.

2018-07-03: It’s hot here in Montreal, but I’ve always enjoyed the sounds of hot weather: my own breath, …

2018-06-30: And now I’m in…Montreal, Québec.

2018-06-29: Welp, I’ve spent five of the last eight weeks in the same spot, so it’s time to pack the ol van and …

2018-06-28: For more perspective in this vein, check out this terrifying presentation of 1968 headlines as if …

2018-06-28: Yes, the news appears to constantly herald imminent doom, but remember: this terror is not new. …

2018-06-27: Internationalism is sitting in a Mexican bar in NYC and everyone screaming KOREA with a Spanish …

2018-06-26: Someone put these signs up years ago in New Orleans. I’ve always thought this was the best …

2018-06-25: I love boxcar graffiti: someone in, say, New York can (illegally) make a work of art in a train yard …

2018-06-23: Significant figures, bar bathroom edition.

2018-06-22: I’ll go and stay a while, and all the folks I meet they’ll say, “You won’t …

2018-06-21: Reading Update Finished “Iraq + 100” edited by Hassan Blasim / Finished “Manhattan Transfer” by John Dos …

2018-06-21: Ah, the summer solstice: the day we get the most of, so try to make the most of it! From here the …

2018-06-20: I check my online security and privacy settings once a month, and I’ve recently added another …

2018-06-17: As the island of our knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. physicist John …

2018-06-16: By failing to read or listen to poets, society dooms itself to inferior modes of articulation: those …

2018-06-16: Happy Bloomsday! I recommend celebrating by wandering your city, imagining the colorful inner lives …

2018-06-15: Surprise wisdom from a World Cup TV commentator: >The true history of the world is the history of …

2018-06-15: No better way to spend the day than watching the World Cup! ⚽️

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2018-06-13: It takes a lot of water I was born in the rain on the Pontchartrain, underneath the Louisiana moon. I don’t mind the strain …

2018-06-12: Better than television…

2018-06-12: Today there’s a constant breeze in the trees so it sounds like a steady rain around the house. Good …

2018-06-11: I love that optimism has become David Byrne’s pet cause. His Reasons to be cheerful is its own …

2018-06-10: I like sitting backwards in the train, facing where I’m coming from. It feels more like moving.

2018-06-10: Bar 169, Chinatown, NYC. A nice sketchy dive bar I cherish because I cherish nice sketchy dive bars.

2018-06-10: Now, I understand, my privilege means giving up all claims on life as the casual, criminal thing it …

2018-06-09: On Real Artists Anyone can the see the crudeness and absurdity and pain and injustice in life. How many dare, …

2018-06-09:

2018-06-09: Reading Update Finished “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan / Finished “Woes of the True Policeman” …

2018-06-08: Already miss Kygryzstan…

2018-06-08: And now I’m in…Poughkeepsie, NY

2018-06-08: Move If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across …

2018-06-08: So of course I decide to set this account up after going on a big, interesting trip. The plan? This …

2018-05-27: And now I’m in…Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.

2018-05-24: And now I’m in…Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (again).

2018-05-20: And now I’m in…Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

2018-05-16: And now I’m in…Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

2018-05-09: Reading Update It’s been a while: Finished “Oxherding Tale” by Charles Johnson / Finished …

2018-05-08: We live longer but... We live longer / but less precisely / and in shorter sentences / We travel faster, farther, more …

2018-04-29: And now I’m in…Poughkeepsie, New York.

2018-04-21: And now I’m in…Columbus, OH

2018-04-15: And now I’m in…Chicago, Illinois.

2018-04-13: The World is a Song I sense the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe—but …

2018-04-10: Doing Great Things If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I …

2018-03-29: Reading Update Finished “The Poetics of Space” by Gaston Bachelard / Finished “Hopscotch” by Julio …

2018-03-24: And now I’m in…Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

2018-03-22: On Boundaries Boundaries, after all–of custom, of language, of what is and is not permitted–not only function to …

2018-03-19: Democracy Democracy does not mean you will never have corrupt politicians. Democracy is what you do when you …

2018-03-12: And now I’m in…Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

2018-03-09: And now I’m in…Little Rock, Arkansas.

2018-02-26: Reading Update Finished “Percival Everett by Virgil Russell” by Percival Everett / Finished “The …

2018-02-24: And now I’m in…Poplar Bluff, Missouri

2018-02-21: May we all get to heaven... Well raise another round boys and have another glass be thankful for today knowing it will never …

2018-02-15: And now I’m in…Athens, GA.

2018-02-12: Y’all: if I have to watch the world burn, I want to watch it burn from New Orleans.

2018-01-30: Reading Update Finished Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s “The World Goes On” / Reading Percival …

2018-01-27: Complexity and Ignorance In pursuing the objective to generalize theoretical models we must ask ourselves whether greater …

2018-01-20: Chance Chance is not simply a matter of choosing, but the result of that which might have happened anyway.- …

2018-01-07: Reading Update Finished Thomas Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” / Started Laszlo …

2018-01-05: To Rule Forever To rule forever, it is necessary only to create, among the people one would rule, what we …

2017-12-22: What Bores You Q: What things bore you? Roberto Bolaño: The empty discourse of the Left. I take for granted the …

2017-12-15: Swimmin Time In the distance is the gloom of the end of days, when the sun calls home its wandering rays, when …

2017-11-29: On Poets If I had to hold up the most heavily fortified bank in America, I’d take a gang of poets. The …

2017-11-11: Intuition It occurs to me that my thought process is essentially analog; my thoughts flow in forms warm and …

2017-11-07: Never Real Historians We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps but an expression of …

2017-10-23: Scouring a rural Walmart hardware aisle for a specific type of latch, listening to U2 singing “I …

2017-10-19: For y’all non New Orleans people: staying on the other side of the shotgun from where you used to …

2017-09-23: Nationalist Cultures We all know nationalist cultures are boring. - Dany Laferriere is amazing in this Paris Review …

2017-09-18: You can only lol alone.

2017-09-13: The World is an Enigma I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma made terrible by our own …

2017-09-01: Rag Water and Bitters and Blue Ruin Well, it’s Ninth and Hennepin All the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes And the …

2017-08-26: Never Attained …until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and …

2017-08-20: The Non-Eclipse What if this eclipse somehow just didn’t happen? It would be even more terrifying for us than the …

2017-08-12: There’s a man on his cell phone in a stall of this upscale restaurant bathroom asking “how much the …

2017-08-12: In the Night There are whistles in the night here in Luling; sustained and shrieking tones, vaguely metallic, …

2017-07-02: Life is not a contest of strength, but a challenge of grace.

2017-05-10: Medicine, Magic, Art It’s a turn-around jump shot it’s everybody jump start it’s every generation …

2017-05-05: These days it seems like the whole world is a highway lined with tourist traps: word got out that …

2017-05-01: Confidence We nuh concern with who hawking / When dem spit can’t reach where we walking. - Protoje, …

2017-04-30: When I say: “I refuse to chase after clicks,” I mean: “I’m tired of making …

2017-04-26: Scribbles Every week or so, I take all the little scribbles I accumulate in various apps and on strange, …

2017-04-24: The Default Setting The world will not discourage you from operating on your default-settings, because the world of men …

2017-04-16: Hidden in the Language You should distrust any language that uses the same word for libre and gratis. - Laia Jufresa, Umami

2017-04-07: The American Fate yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of …

2017-04-06: Long day today. Did that on purpose: woke up with a tired brain and my body was jealous I guess so I …

2017-04-01: Comic Sans Check out this interview with Vincent Connare, typographer and former Microsoft employee, aka: The …

2017-03-02: On a whim, I opened Twitter for the first time in months and the first thing I saw was a link to an …

2017-02-13: Men of Action All “direct” persons and men of action are active just because they are stupid and …

2017-01-26: Street People I’m hangin’ out with the street people / They’ve got it down / Hangin’ out …

2017-01-05: I’m not writing much these days. Or am I? It’s hard to say, because the words are …

2016-12-17: Back in New Orleans for a while, where all the little questions of daily life are easier to answer: …

2016-12-15: History and Fiction History, really, is fiction - not because it is made up of invented facts, for the facts are real, …

2016-12-13: The Storyteller It is the storyteller… who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates …

2016-12-09: Prophecy What prophecy actually is is not that you actually know that the bomb will fall in 1942. It’s …

2016-12-05: Sermons Is a sermon most off putting when delivered from the pulpit of a cathedral or a street corner? - …

2016-12-01: Hubris I know I spent ten years of my life designing bridges, and that as a result I probably understand …

2016-11-29: I’ve just finished reading Mauro Javier Cardenas’s “The Revolutionaries Try …

2016-11-24: I'll Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt …

2016-11-22: There is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men. …

2016-11-20: Communication is, precisely, the avoidance of sincerity in order to reach agreement. - Daniel …

2016-11-16: Places and people are like things: both made of memories and meaningful to us in the same way: we …

2016-11-15: It occurs to me that I’d rather know a few people well than a lot of people poorly.

2016-11-13: We can prevent reading: but in the decree that forbids reading there will still be read something of …

2016-11-09: But what if everything that is to happen has already happened, and only the consequences are playing …

2016-11-08: Poets are set against the world because they cannot accept that what there seems to be is all there …

2016-11-05: Is the engineer an artist? Good question. My favorite quote: It has to do with: Are we good …

2016-11-02: Every Western ideology promises some ultimate goal — a happy, a just, or a peaceful society. I …

2016-10-13: One should not fear the rebel. One should not be afraid of becoming a rebel himself. To do something …

2016-10-08: I smile to keep from howling, I sing so I won’t pray or curse. - Roberto Bolaño, The Savage …

2016-10-03: I think good narrative comes from observing the world and what happens inside yourself. The …

2016-09-29: I personally feel that no one gives a shit about my books — maybe I’m just a pessimist — and …

2016-09-28: The hardest part about doing what you want with your life? Never being totally sure that what …

2016-09-23: Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else. - Donal …

2016-09-22: I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or …

2016-09-19: It’s a terrible thing for children not to get bored and for adults not to get lost anymore - …

2016-09-15: I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living. - Robert …

2016-09-12: Salt on wound / And water on mud / We are only memories / On the run across time - Fadwa Suleiman, …

2016-09-06: When truly brothers, men don't sing in unison, but in harmony. -W.H. Auden

2016-09-04: Cynicism is a poverty of curiosity and imagination and ambition. - Maria Popova