Hi, welcome to The Restless Lens, my website. I’m Jeremy Martin. This site is an outpost for my personal interests, inspirations, ideas and work on the internet, hosted outside the walled gardens of social media sites. I also run the websites Culture Curious and Culicurious with my wife, Addie.
About The Restless Lens
The Key and the String
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
The Magical Times of Day
The Knowledge it Takes
The Writer Can Xue
George Saunders Explains What Writers Do
A Jordanian “Emergency Room for the Mind”
The Night Sky Over the Next 5 Million Years
Check Out These Succulent Cakes
On the Polar Architectural Vernacular
The New Clouds Are Here!
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The world will not discourage you from operating on your default-settings, because the world of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing. I know that this stuff probably doesn’t sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational. What it is, so far as I can see, is the capital-T Truth, with a whole lot of rhetorical niceties stripped away. You are, of course, free to think of it whatever you wish.
– David Foster Wallace, This is Water (pdf)
Just reading that you can imagine a little bit of how hard it must have been for Wallace to operate day in and day out with an awareness of the world this raw and difficult and intimate. I never met him, but miss this man sooooooo much.
You should distrust any language that uses the same word for libre and gratis.
– Laia Jufresa, Umami
Though it falls well outside my usual reading habits (and why should that matter, you ask, quite correctly), this book, “Many Norths” looks pretty intriguing. From the writeup at BLDGBLOG, its seems like a fascinating study of a rarely considered corner of the built environment. I love this kind of stuff!
– via BLDGBLOG
Fortune favors the bold!
yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore…where the American fate, mercifully, failed to transpire…
– Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice
Long day today. Did that on purpose: woke up with a tired brain and my body was jealous I guess so I probably ended up walking for over three hours, roaming Alkmaar and taking pictures, enjoying the bracing, cool weather and the way the streets and buildings here are becoming familiar.