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 …

My People

Every now and then, there is some scandal in the news, or some great injustice that ripples across society and generates a variety of reactions. Some people react with rage, others with indignation, some with apathy, still others with sadness. My reaction has been the realization that these people, the …

Drugs

If you are reading this, it means you have managed to survive in this world, and if you are surviving in this world there’s easily a 99% chance that you are using a coping mechanism to do so. For some people this coping mechanism is psychotherapy, for others it is …

Self Help

A brief, informal survey of the internet reveals that, behind pornography, one of the chief exports of cyberspace is self help. Everywhere you look, on thousands of blogs (including occasionally, this one) writers are cranking out words to help readers improve their lives. I suppose this is a symptom of …

Battle of the Brains

The difference between the left hemisphere of our brains and the right hemisphere is well known among the general populace, if poorly understood. Some people it seems are governed by analytical styles of thinking, seeing the world as a science project or math equation. These people are left-brained. Other people, …

To Chaos

The iridescent blue clocklight says its 3:30 am and the sickly orange glow casting shutter slats on the bedroom wall agrees. But for the tick and whir of the fans, and the slow deep breathing of my wife, the room is silent. I get up. I despise waking up at …

Enough

Our behavior, whether we admit it or not, is largely dictated by forces much older and more powerful than our individual choices. The weight of a million histories, of past decisions made by long dead rulers of nations and industry, bears down on every living person. We call this weight …

The Autumn Air

Lets talk about the air tonight. Not the air we breathe as much as the air as a medium for light. Light can travel in a vacuum, but a quick survey of photographs from space reveal that light in the absence air is a harsh, white affair. Without air, light …