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.
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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
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We landed and it was passports and paperwork and slow moving lines, the ineffectual efficiency of government agencies observing some economics too far removed from the realities of my life for me to comprehend. We were readmitted to the country without incident. It was exactly the same as I’d left …
On a whim, I opened Twitter for the first time in months and the first thing I saw was a link to an interview with Kate Zambreno with the excerpt “I can’t speak for other writers, but you can’t let not knowing what you are doing stop you” which is exactly what I needed to be reminded of at that moment. The interview was great, and I got back to work feeling refreshed. Thanks, internet: that’s a rare win.
Fun fact: because we rarely have a complete set of information about anything around us, but our brains still try to form conclusions on what’s available, much of what we think about the world contains a cognitive bias. Curious? Jason Kottke runs through the concept and provides some great links. Be prepared to doubt everything you know.
Check out this review of an exhibition centered around the enigmatic (and beautiful) work of secretive artist Waclaw Szpakowski, who produced these drawings in isolation through the turmoil of the first half of the twentieth century. Art, artist, history, idea, form: it’s the work of art, so this is worth a read.
– via The Paris Review
All “direct” persons and men of action are active just because they are stupid and limited. How explain that? I will tell you: in consequence of their limitation they take immediate and secondary causes for primary ones, and in that way persuade themselves more quickly and easily than other people do that they have found an infallible foundation for their activity.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground
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