On the Paris Attacks, and ISIS

This will be brief because there are just two or three brief ideas to articulate. Everyone is worried about the response. How will we obliterate ISIS? How will we stop attacks like these? These questions come from a deep, deep place of imperial privilege. When 240+ Iranians are killed in a commercial airliner, shot down… Continue reading On the Paris Attacks, and ISIS

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10/19/2015

So the New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference was phenomenal, Tim Tomlinson and Charles Salzberg have saved my query letter. Also felt a lot of empathy with my fellow writers – all the people in my group were real writers who deserve to succeed, and about three of the stories seemed really wild. Someone with… Continue reading 10/19/2015

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10/13/2015

All police officers should have to study moral philosophy. The absence of philosophy, moreso, as a cultural and aesthetic force, is a disaster. Fiction, storytelling, TV, must become engaged with moral questions at a level that it engages the whole of society and challenges without being off-putting. The New Symphony is psychological fantasy, a story… Continue reading 10/13/2015

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9/30/2015 (Kanye West, Ego, Vision, Solipsism, Brilliance and God)

Kanye West is the genius this age needs. Though he declares himself ‘postmodern’ he is a nuclear fist, a thriving sun, in the face of the relentless existential despair of relativism that has seized art and the liberal arts generation. His entire persona, essentially, boils down to having balls and delivering on creative majesty, thus… Continue reading 9/30/2015 (Kanye West, Ego, Vision, Solipsism, Brilliance and God)

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9/29/15

Today I read that William Blake defined the sun in the 18th century as a chorus of angels singing the glory of God. However, the sun, in reality, was referred to by Robert Anton Wilson as a ‘nuclear furnace’. Both of these definitions of the source of all life seem quite beautiful and worth sharing.… Continue reading 9/29/15

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Alright

I would like to express my opinion, that in 2015, no video has come close to the magnitude, power and precision of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” in articulating an American condition. “Alright” is a triumph, and one of the best music videos I have ever seen. It is more than a music video, it seems, it… Continue reading Alright

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Materialist Reductionism is a Faith Like any Other

We live in a time where it is fashionable for ‘rationalists’ to believe that the modern scientific paradigm presents the ultimate truth of matter, and that recent discoveries such as DNA, neurons and natural selection fully account for the existence and faculties of mind, a thing that we have barely even begun to study.  … Continue reading Materialist Reductionism is a Faith Like any Other

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About Drugs and the Fall of Empires

Drugs are among the most emblematic aspects of our world, calling to mind a truth that cannot be reconciled with our daily lives: life eats itself. It swallows itself, consumes itself, it is the mystical oroboros in its truest form. Civilization is self-consuming, as are individuals, as are drugs. The indulgence of drugs is the… Continue reading About Drugs and the Fall of Empires

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Today, Obama, Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift Win the Day

If Obama genuinely believes that “all people are created equal”, then every time he kills some innocent person in a drone strike he is killing someone with the same worth as himself and his own family members. Obviously he doesn’t believe this. Obviously he’s a moral fraud. No surprises here. Who has the right to… Continue reading Today, Obama, Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift Win the Day

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Thoughts Born of Depression; Some (nuanced) Nihilism and Neurosis

I feel nihilism, the world truly closed and empty, then without warning nihilism gives way and blossoms into the aesthetic of a song, or a story, something finite but meaningful. Through nothing there is everything, even though everything is finite. I can think of no greater nihilism than the idea that art is greater than… Continue reading Thoughts Born of Depression; Some (nuanced) Nihilism and Neurosis

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