We Are All One

These are truly dark days in my adopted country. I, like the majority of people both in- and outside of this nation, didn’t think there was a chance for the chips to land the way they now decidedly have. At a friend’s house on election night, I had a brief fit of rage around 11:45…

Flash from the past

Here is a re-post of a response I wrote to a discussion following an article on Hyperallergic back in 2012. The topic was a highly controversial “performance” by Swedish artist Makode Linde which I and many others found deeply disturbing. My original response was more rambling (and included several snide remarks which I have removed…

Future Sex

I finished Emily Witt’s new book “Future Sex” over the weekend. It’s a fast, curious read that is divided into chapters with straightforward titles such as “Internet Dating”, “Internet Porn”, “Webcams” and “Polyamory.” By way of driving the story, each chapter is structured as a vignette into the lives of other people, and Witt gives…

The Unfolding of Time

Since stumbling upon Rebecca Solnit’s piece in Harper’s a few months back, I’ve brought myself up to speed by reading her books “Men Explain Things to me” and “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.” I found some of it difficult to get through–particularly the sections on violence towards women–but aside from that I…

Understanding

Strolling through Brooklyn Bridge Park last night, a friend and I happened upon Martin Creed’s big sign as the sun was setting over New Jersey. It’s installed right by the water in a newer section of the park and sits on a large pedestal with stair-like steps that offers a different view–both of the work…

Creativity

I find the urge to write a tender impulse. Impossible to force, bribe or fake, it needs to want to happen. Without interest in polite obligation, the itch to write — like most creative cravings — is more likely to pay a visit when extended an open invitation and plenty of room to play. Providing…

Moral Imagination

Late last year I attended a pre-Sundance screening of the documentary “How to let go of the World and Love all the Things Climate can’t Change.” In this film, the director Josh Fox (who also made the Academy Award nominated “Gasland” and its sequel “Gasland II”; films that were crucial to securing the recent victory…

About Hope

While hope generally has a positive connotation, it is not an entirely uncomplicated subject matter. In his book “When You’re Falling, Dive” Mark Matousek writes: When we attach ourselves to a single outcome, it’s easy to become hope’s hostage, to imprison ourselves in optimism, entrap ourselves through inflexible craving for a premeditated result. Hope of…

Cynicism and Hope

So Rebecca Solnit’s words on naïve cynicism have stayed with me and continue to quietly simmer at the back of my mind. In the past few days, as I have come across stuff–say, a paragraph, image, or real-life observation–that bring my thoughts back to her rich and thought-provoking essay, the gentle simmering has briefly erupted…