Category Archives: general


Think of how the desert gets turned into metaphor in postmodern rhetoric where it functions as the place of origins, endings and hard truths: the place at the end of the world where all meanings and values blow away; the place without landmarks that can never be mapped; the place where nothing grows and nobody […]


“I’ve built true-to-life computer models capturing how fear works in people and how it spreads through human societies. The best advice these models have to offer right now is that we need to think about the novel coronavirus as four separate epidemics: In addition to the Covid-19, itself, we are also in epidemics of fear […]


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve. ― Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

The Mojave Desert is not a landscape loved by normal people . . .

The Mojave Desert is not a landscape loved by normal people. The saying is that the people who come here are either on a quest or on the run. I suppose we are no exception, although I’m not sure where we fit into that taxonomy. (“It’s not a binary, it’s a spectrum,” offers P. as […]

I’m back.

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

“The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological […]


Of course, I look back. In the last 12 months, I went to the desert more than ever before (always respecting it), learnt so much it would be hard to start describing how much (a lot, that’s how much), spent a night in an empty airport (with a tornado approaching), completed an academic pictorial/cinematic turn […]

Being an editor

“I Re-wrote Those Motherfuckers From Scratch” Posted by Marc Bousquet on 01/05/10 at 03:26 PM Bérubé How many submissions did you receive for The Institution of Literature? Williams 385, not counting the nine essays you submitted, eight of which sucked, if you don’t mind my saying so. Bérubé Not at all. I totally respect your […]


Spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness in unrelated things.


Not having enough as a kid and thankful for it … meeting Mkka in summer of 1990 … realizing what it is that Oedipa really found … 10am to 2am shifts in a theatre in Edinburgh … listening to “Ugra Karma” for the first time … H3O … Hakim Bey … Pullman and Wazzu … […]

With Obama election comes the return of the vampire

[From The San Diego Union-Tribune — With Obama election comes the return of the vampire]

Lankavatara Sutra

“Things are not as they appear. Nor are they otherwise.”


Arthur C. Clarke – 18 March 2008

Identity crash

identity crash – Sudden and catastrophic collapse of an individual’s ability to keep all the threads of his or her online identity straight when the individual joins one too many social networks. I was ok keeping up with Facebook, Flickr, and Myspace, but after throwing lawlink,, and Orkut into the mix, I had a […]