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November 10, 2019

I used to be a 'professional subject' for a college's psychological experiments. The experiments were always weird because it was important for the purposes of experimental design that subjects have no idea what was being studied. This meant that they woul...

October 25, 2019

This is a world with an epidemic of vampirisim. In the media, they’re reporting that when you turn into a vampire, experienced time passes more slowly.

May 1, 2019

STEP 1: Face reality after continuously trying uncounted restless evasions.  This is a piece about a piece about false starts.

December 10, 2018

Looking out on Union Bay amid the last dying light of the December sun, a creeping coldness limns my toes. This, I am reminded, is what it is to be alive.

February 4, 2018

How can individuality have any meaning at all if not through shared language and culture? In short, we need each other in order to be ourselves. And this is probably a good thing. Still, there is a lingering sense of loss in this state of affairs. It is a loss well ack...

December 10, 2017

We typically think of translation as an imperfect medium for expressing ideas. We might think that the intangible but important human elements get lost in translation. But I like what Jorge Luis Borges has to say about it: “the original is unfaithful to the translation...

December 1, 2017

Illusion makes us question what we perceive to be real, what we might otherwise uncritically accept in the world as given to us. The truth of art resides in its ability to illuminate our intricate and fragile relationship to the world, in all its manifest strangeness.

October 18, 2017

The end of the world has been on my mind lately. In the city where I live, Seattle, this summer saw dramatic differences in the climate; for weeks the air quality was worse than in Beijing. On one occasion ash rained down from the sky, covering windows, lawn chairs and...

October 10, 2017

Why would thinkers of a primarily analytic bent feel uncomfortable toward the idea of something on the order of what Adorno calls a magical residue or substrate in art, in music, in language?

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