A fresh breeze blows in my window this morning, cutting through the haze of so many muggy hot days. I awoke in a dream of delayed sailing, a farce in five acts of finely delineated procrastination on the verge of setting sail, but never getting there. The excuses kept unrolling before me like a finely… Continue reading Afloat, not Adrift
I've had difficulty dealing with the disruption in publishing over the last decade or so. I was unlucky to find myself entering the lists just as the publishing world began to fall apart. Those fragments of an old guard I was fortunate enough to encounter showed enthusiasm for my fiction, though in trying to find… Continue reading Stray thoughts on the purpose of gatekeepers
Liberal meant freedom-loving once. Conservative meant upholding time-tested values. Their "competition" could be seen, within the noise brought on by corruption and bad-faith, as a way to work out differences held for laudable reasons, a balancing of perspectives. This may never have actually been true, but it was the way the struggles were portrayed, the… Continue reading Liberal & Conservative, Bankrupt, empty labels.
Humans have been profoundly conservative for most of our existence. That statement is rendered meaningless if we take conservatism to mean what is sold in its name today, or believe in what passes for the span of human existence as our self-professed conservatives would insist it to have been. Let's pry the term away from… Continue reading On Conservatism
I'm not sure what this post will be about. Trying to avoid predictions, and all that. There's something about intention that's been lost in my focus on finding a way to look at action without intention, putting will into the background. We have wills. The will-to-live, for instance, is universally lauded. It's only problematic when… Continue reading Sowing Doubt…
The sign that we've arrived is to be complemented – and self-congratulating – on our capacity to "drink from the fire-hose." The elite universities are fire-hose drinking academies. Their graduates' claim to fame, ticket to success, that they can thrive at the fire-hose. The Future! is always seen as a place where even greater fire-hose… Continue reading The love of the Fire-hose
Tying our existence to a belief in destruction as the ultimate good is such a contorted position to be in! How we got here, what it means, where it will all lead; these are also questions whose answers appear in glimmers and hints, passing doubts, premonitions and inklings of what is down there, at least as it all appears from "up here."
The Dark Mountain 2 anthology is out! Follow the link to the announcement on their site. I'm deeply honored to have a chapter from my novel, Something for Nothing included along with this incredible list of poets, writers, and thinkers. Naomi Klein, David Abram, Vinay Gupta, Paul Kingsnorth, Glyn Hughes, Luanne Armstrong, Charles Hugh Smith,… Continue reading Dark Mountain 2
This last weekend was the WoodenBoat Show held at Mystic Seaport. This luckily is within an hour's drive for me and by saving up it's manageable to attend for the three days – with the help of a generously offered Press Pass. I'll be writing about the experience on Boats for Difficult Times, but I… Continue reading Joyful Disillusionment
I'm not sure what to call this post, even of what to say. It's time for introspection and time to reflect on media. People whose thoughtfulness matter to me are struggling with the form their expression should take. "We" – an amorphous "group" that might only exits as a projection in my head! – are… Continue reading Reflection/Projection
I've attempted to carve out distinctions and definitions on a regular basis here. Then I've backslid and muddied the waters again and again by letting ambiguity and habit blur these distinctions. Maintaining a vocabulary requires the patience of an archeologist, wiping away the dust of the millennia as a current erupting volcano sifts down a… Continue reading The World, or the world…
"So as to Present a Short Digression on the Difference Between Spectacle and Sight; How an Inability to See Leads Us to Seek After Solace in Spectacle." I keep running into what I consider a conflation of the visual with naive or unthinking, with what we might call Spectacle versus something with substance. I suspect… Continue reading Between Spectacle and Sight