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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More

Interesting Links

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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
No Home Go Home
No Home Go Home
Words paired with sketches my using tea left ink, entitled "No Home Go Home / Go Home No Home." What could be more satisfying these...
Read More

Read On

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

Jet Lag

I awoke early Sunday morning to find “I’m supposed to be asleep” written on my laptop screen, the cursor must have spent all night blinking to an empty room. I hesitate to call this jet lag because since I returned from Europe my sleep patterns have been defined more by …

Meta Awareness

I’m writing this sitting on a breezy balcony five stories above some romantically named back road in Paris. The buildings are all painted varying shades of white with simple yet vaguely monumental ornamentation scattered up the facades from the grey concrete of the sidewalk to the grey metal of the …

Romanticizing

Home is a heavy concept, packed with all sorts of ideas about comfort and familiarity, personality, history and hopes for the future. Home is the backdrop upon which our lives are painted, the topography of its texture and outlines are as influential to the brush strokes of our actions as …

Wanderlust

The feeling sneaks up on you: one second you’re preoccupied with the mechanics of your day, thinking about all the things you have to do and suddenly a picture flashes through your email, or across your social media lens and next thing you know you’re a million miles away, dreaming. …

Subway Song

Out for the day Drinking from bar to bar Followed, hell, haunted By familiar snippets Of forgotten favorite songs. but its not in the bars or the restaurants or the commerce-crammed stores where I come face to face with the force of remembered melody it is underground in the soot …

Waste

There is an old mattress, slumped on the street corner, like a dead man, propped on a garbage can. It reminds me how much I waste. It reminds me of the ocean of trash rippling with the refuse dropped from my busy hands. It reminds me of the house looming …

Nurturing Ideas

I’m inspired by the strangest things. The smallest little detail can cause an unpredictable short curcuit in my brain giving me what I’ve learned to call an idea. It happens all the time. Granted, most of the time the ideas aren’t worth much, but often I am haunted by their …

The Pursuit of Happiness

We do a whole lot of crazy things in the hopes that they will make us happy: drink, drive fast, smoke assorted plants and inject various chemicals. The things we do are not all destructive of course: we change jobs, move, follow a lover, buy new things, pretty much anything …

The Lie of Authenticity

Where we live is an important question. Some prefer the peace and solitude of rural living, others prefer the bustle and opportunities of urban living, while most are simply looking for a safe, affordable place to spend their days. However, our national preferences of living arrangements are subject to the …

Boring

People are boring, lazy and unimaginative. It’s a difficult phenomenon to explain, made all the more difficult by the fact that everyone, including this writer, is implicated. Hypocrisy on this matter runs rampant, the boring are always accusing others of being boring, and nobody can identify the lazy like their …