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2021-04-14: Every simple post I try to write always ends up super long because I want it to be perfect, but it …

2021-04-13: Along the James River, VA

2021-04-08: A Reading of History I’ve come to find comfort in a reading of history, less cynical than it seems on its face, that …

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2021-02-19: It’s funny, the difference between a wise guy and a wise man…

2021-02-19: Today after lunch I discovered the UT-Austin Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection Army Map Service …

2021-02-15: On this day…did you remember the Maine?

2021-02-14: Gathered in before the freeze

2021-02-14: You’ve lived somewhere a while when you subconsciously apply exactly the right amount of force to …

2021-02-05: Reading Update Finished “Cosmicomics” by Italo Calvino (again) / “Labrynths” by Jorge Luis …

2021-02-04: Contrail: Link Wray and the History of Music (with soundtrack) Today I learned that Link Wray—a Shawnee (warning: rabbit hole) who was born to sidewalk preachers …

2021-02-02: If you’re more interested in learning about current events than hand-wringing about current …

2021-01-26: Sesquipedalian (adj) - Long and ponderous; polysyllabic. From the Latin sēsquipedālis, of a foot and …

2021-01-13: Reading requires time, patience, openness, and attention to create a sacred space in which your mind …

2020-12-17: My grandfather, 1945, Germany.

2020-12-09: Today’s amazing word is “gallimaufry” (n) - A jumble or hodgepodge.

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2020-11-30: Pisgah National Forest

2020-11-27: For many years now, I’ve observed Black Friday by spending zero money.

2020-11-11: Reading Update Finished “A Brief History of Portable Literature” by Enrique Vila-Matas / “A Short Walk in the …

2020-10-31: A hero is a goddam stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you …

2020-10-28: Sitting damp on the porch and drinking beer, watching Hurricane Zeta arrive here in southeast …

2020-10-10: Inquiline (n) - An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling …

2020-10-08: I like living on the edge of the world.

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2020-09-23: Read, read, read, read, read. Those who read own the world; those who immerse themselves in the …

2020-09-19: On this day in 1940, Polish underground resistance soldier Witold Pilecki was voluntarily captured …

2020-09-16: Pleonasm (n): The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy. As in the man …

2020-09-13: It’s a one-horse two-bit third-rate town with just a four way stop and a five and dime

2020-09-09: The Inferno The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already …

2020-08-28: Reading Update Finished “El Mysterio Nadal” by A. B. / “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy / “Harbart” by …

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2020-08-25: Today I learned about diglossia, a situation in which two dialects or languages are used by a single …

2020-08-11: I often find myself in a Tom Waits mood, the world feeling strange, dark, and beautiful.

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2020-07-01: Today I learned about Müllerian mimicry, “in which species with strong defences evolve to resemble …

2020-06-14: Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Fernando Pessoa

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2020-06-10: Today I learned about Henry Wickham, an “explorer” and braggart who, in 1876, smuggled rubber seeds …

2020-05-29: That sad feeling I get when the person I‘m talking to has nothing to say that isn’t in the news? I’m …

2020-05-27: At the wind’s mercy, \ Alone, each leaf will tremble; \ Together, they roar.

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2020-05-23: What if the highway is not an entitlement or a competition, but a joint agreement to facilitate the …

2020-05-18: Pierre’s Insanity Pierre’s insanity consisted in the fact that he did not wait, as before, for personal reasons, which …

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2020-05-14: Paul Simon: Late in the Evening, 1980. pandora.app.link/9cPOt3LPu…

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2020-04-25: Prolepsis (n) - The representing of a thing as existing before it actually does or did so. As in he …

2020-04-22: It is decidedly difficult to tell a lie when you don’t know the truth. Péter Esterházy, from this …

2020-04-16: On Boredom A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced …

2020-04-15: A Trip One Third The Way Around My House

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2020-04-07: My favorite six word story was written by Kurt Cobain: Here we are now entertain us.

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2020-03-31: Today, after hearing Journey’s “Faithfully” on the radio, I went into my old mp3 library and …

2020-03-29: Reading Update Finished “Abel and Cain” by Gregor von Rezzori / “The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War …

2020-03-28: There’s nothing new under the sun Heres an excerpt from a fascinating speech by Republican Senator Charles Sumner in 1872, deriding …

2020-03-27: Sometimes I like to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and imagine what Indiana Jones would have passed …

2020-03-22: I can’t be the only one who frequently confuses Maynard James Keenan and John Maynard Keynes, right? …

2020-03-17: A Public Space has long (and patiently) kindled my engagement with the human experience, and this is …

2020-03-14: My fidget spinner is actually a rocking chair, a beer, and a book.

2020-03-12: Étienne Jambon I found these portraits in the attic of the house my wife just inherited, under four inches of blown …

2020-03-09: This is a great summary of New York Apartment, an online art project commissioned by The Whitney …

2020-03-02: What if one day wearing a face mask in public becomes so common that facial recognition is abandoned …

2020-02-25: Sitting at my kitchen table drinking beer and looking up all the different Cajun words for “drunk” …

2020-02-19: On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, clearing the way for …

2020-02-17: In a world where everyone shouts as loudly as they can every last thing that crosses their minds, …

2020-02-15: (I find I’m reading for shorter stretches of time these days because I keep getting distracted by …

2020-02-15: Check out this fantastic word: autochthonous au·toch·tho·nous (ô-tŏk′thə-nəs) adjective: 1. …

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2020-02-01: They call it a remote control cause it’s always far away from wherever you are.

2020-01-27: Sometimes I’m upset that I didn’t grow up to be a lexicologist, not in the least because1 the idea …

2020-01-21: I Don’t Need Anything From Here

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2020-01-16: Pro tip: Everyone might seem afraid of everyone else but most everybody is actually super nice.

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2020-01-11: South Louisiana Rain I love the heavy way it rains in South Louisiana. The air gets so thick and wet that it collapses …

2020-01-10: Today while researching ways to get oil out of an old wood chest, I ran across this helpful thread …

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2019-12-21: Today I learned that oropolitics is the use and abuse of mountaineering for political purposes. The …

2019-12-17: In case you, like me, are not at all interested in getting any work done for the rest of the day, …

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2019-12-10: Events in themselves are not so interesting to me as the conditions that led to the events. These …

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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, …

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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

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2019-08-22: 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? …

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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.

2019-06-29: 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, …

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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.

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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

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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.

2019-05-22: 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

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2019-04-20: Enchilada spices

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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.

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

2019-02-06: 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

2019-02-02: Friday night vibes

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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 …

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

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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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…

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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 …

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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

2018-11-17: Nice to be back along the Mississippi

2018-11-17: “Spinal Tap” is a work of literature.

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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 …

2018-10-26: 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 …

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

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

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.” - …

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

2018-05-09: 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 …

2018-04-13: 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 …

2018-03-22: 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 …

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

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 …

2018-01-30: 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 …

2017-12-16: 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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

2017-04-01: 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 …

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? - …

2016-11-24: 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 …

2016-11-13: 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 …

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

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