Introverts

We introverts by nature must have solitude to live— as such, we struggle with how much we have & need to give. * Image courtesy of Pavel Brodsky (browse more of his work here!)

Talking to the Internet

You unforgiving all-recalling force disguised as a mere information source: When this coarse paradigm has run its course & none alive were born before your day, will you remember what you took away? * Inspiration: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr Image: An early use of anesthesia (1847)

Seclusion

‘Seclusion’ is a very pretty word for something that could easily get lonely. ‘Isolation’ strikes a deeper nerve— one that looks at war & says, “If only.” * Image: Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1850

Lies about Time

Clocks ‘keep’ it you ‘make’ it you ‘buy’ it you ‘take’ it you ‘find’ it you ‘waste’ it: these lies can sound true, but none of these actions are things you can do! All Time’s an abstraction that makes & wastes you. * Image: “Impression, Sunrise” by Claude Monet (the painting thought to have begun […]

For a teacher

Andreas Vesalius, 1543 You planted thoughts precisely where they’d make me grow aware, invited me to dazzling heights by helping build the stairs & showed me how Time’s waste of life is possible to bear— only now, I wish you’d be less staggeringly rare.

Your phone is addictive

First written & published in collaboration with Michael Tollman in the Farnam Street Learning Community. Image via The Zero Theorem. Your phone is addictive. That’s really no joke! Ask any person who gambles or smokes: You think you can stop anytime you decide, & that’s why you probably haven’t yet tried. Free markets run on […]

Opportunity

Andy Warhol, 1972 What are you, opportunity? You mask your full identity until you’re seized—then, we can see your face of grace. Yet, if set free, passed up or missed unwittingly, you mutate all too easily into a space for tyranny.

Famous Last Words

Gustav Kilmt How bad could it be? It’s unloaded, see? I know what I’m doing. Why not try tattooing? “I see black light!” “Does no one understand?” “Shoot, coward—you’ll only be killing a man.” (Hugo, James Joyce & Guevara above). Me? I’m not the type to fall in love. What? Keep falling? No way! Don’t be […]

What is Tao?

A pure mirror disappears. The mirror is Tao, a secret known & kept by all being (by nature) untold. It’s boring unless you seek to be born. It prescribes nothing, yet heals, I think today. What it is, though… who’s to say?