Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin

About Jeremy
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I'm a wanderer, writer, and whatever else day-to-day life requires. I am fascinated by place, by the journey, by the diversity of ideas and experiences in the world....
Projects
I try to always be working on something for myself: projects like this aren't about producing anything in particular, they're a form of play, play is a way of exploring, and the best part of...

About The Restless Lens

Welcome to The Restless Lens, where you’ll find my personal interests, inspirations, ideas, and work, all outside the walls of social media; independent, strange, eclectic, typically mediocre, and completely un-monetizable, this is the way the internet should be.

My Writing

Visions of the Apocalypse
Visions of the Apocalypse
I have, for many years now, frequently found myself held rapt by unexpected visions of the apocalypse. Upon a rooftop bar, for example, I will...
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The Eclipse
The Eclipse
This morning I've noticed that many accounts of yesterday's total eclipse contain a statement along the lines of "I was not prepared for how beautiful/spiritual/amazing...
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The Key and the String
The Key and the String
Addie and I are staying the month in a small and very lovely war-era Dutch row house, which our host generously gives us freedom to...
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A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
I was sending someone a text message the other day and needed just the right emoji. The conversation was completely over by the time I...
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Interesting Links

Photography That Treats Dementia
Photography That Treats Dementia
It's tempting to think of art as a purely aesthetic pursuit, a process that generates beautiful things to hang on the walls of galleries and...
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Parlez-Nous A Boire
Parlez-Nous A Boire
One of my favorite songs in the world is “Parlez-Nous A Boire,” or “Let’s talk about drinking.” The title alone, which is also the first...
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Badass Women
Badass Women
It's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that history tends to be a little (a lot), well, skewed toward the male side of things. All...
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Against Argument
Because there's no shortage of writing about politics (if thats still what we're calling it these days), I'm especially refreshed when I read a new and...
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Mapping Above and Below the City
Mapping Above and Below the City
If you're anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with...
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Kill The Parking
Kill The Parking
Mexico City is ditching parking requirements for new development. Why in the world would one of the most traffic-congested cities in the world (a ranking...
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The Eastern Capital
The Eastern Capital
Here's a vaguely architectural project that impinges upon the more pleasant periphery of the artistic: imagine a project to rebrand China as a cultural rather...
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Read On

Expression, curation, and exploration. Check out specific categories in the menu above, or the full stream below.

Big Projects

I have this great idea. It’s better than great actually: it’s epic. I think. I just need a chance to flesh it out. I need to sit down, and start to write, start to feel my way around the idea, to test its limits and find its core, the glimmering …

New Tattoo

So I got a new tattoo. It is not normally visible. I got something I’ve been wanting for a while: a Buddhist Dharmachakra. Yes, I know it is kind of cheesy in a way, but remember, it is not normally visible. It is a symbol for me and not for …

Common Language

There’s some kid in this bar making faces as he tells his story i can’t hear a word he speaks But I know exactly what he’s saying. He makes the gestures of our homogenous culture; I can name the movie actor he got that chin angle from, I know what …

Morning Hour

I wake up to the sounds of rats fighting in the walls of the camp, a fury of scratching noises interrupted only by the occasional thump. Aside from it being 5 am, it is not as unpleasant as it sounds: its all a part of being out in the marsh. …

Thinking Big

It’s the middle of the afternoon, and from my office window I watch the shadows chase the traffic down the highway, threatening to overtake it around the turns but never managing much more than a few feet of headway, immediately lost at the next turn. The shadows stay locked tight …

The Evolution of Individuality

There are hierarchies to everything: survival, government, society, personal development, you name it there is a series of sequential steps, phases in development, that lead from one platform in the hierarchy to the next. Perhaps its easier to view these developments as an evolution rather than an advancement through predetermined …

Blocked

I’m blocked. I sit down to write with a cup of tea in a quiet room and I get comfortable. I rid my mind of all the noise of the day, all the noises of life and narrow my focus to a single point, as if by doing so I …

Changing Course

I don’t want come off as some kind of revolutionary, so let’s frame this whole thing first as a thought experiment. What if you changed the fundamental structure of your decision making? What if you shifted your reasoning to a completely new paradigm? What if, for example, money was no …

Country Living

I’m sitting on the patio – a converted carport with the concrete sealed and painted to cover the oil stains – surrounded by the insect buzz and birdsong of the impenetrable summertime woods that envelope my grandmother’s house on this gravel road, in what my wife facetiously likes to call …

Peace

I can’t help it, I read the news. Even though I hate every second of it, even though it makes me miserable and angry, I do it anyway, perhaps out of a sense that with so much disaster in the world (both natural and man-made), the least I can do …