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November 9, 2019

I used to be a 'professional subject' in psychological experiments.

October 24, 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

A guide to writing the program note to Fracture STEP 1: Face reality after continuously trying uncounted restless evasions.

February 4, 2018

Last week At dawn I chant my own weird hymn was awarded special distinction in the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize competition. I thought I would revisit the challenge of writing for an ensemble with marvelous sonic potential, but one that comes out of an institution with va...

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