The Strange Uniformity of Madness

After coming across some references to Posadism, I recently got sucked into the art and philosophy of the ectocultures (my term). I don’t mean the Occupy movement or Anonymous, but the real deviants, people who either were (or maybe should have been) institutionalized. There is almost no coherent categorization, except that they’re all highly conspiratorial, anti-rational, and often invoke alien or demonic powers (or both). … Continue reading The Strange Uniformity of Madness

A Case Study in Post-Factualism

In case you haven’t heard, The History Channel recently aired a documentary suggesting that Amelia Earhart survived her trek across the Pacific. The evidence was based mostly on a photograph, recently discovered in the National Archives (where it had apparently been misfiled), showing a woman with an appearance similar to Earhart’s sitting on a dock watching a boat haul a plane that also looked a … Continue reading A Case Study in Post-Factualism

Winter

“Winter” by Jason Felix I have two files labeled “Characters” and “Settings” where I dump a lot of the art I find. Flipping through those images later is great inspiration. Sometimes I take bit and pieces directly (and without shame — see Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”), but many times the images spark a tangential idea. For example, while I do’t expect this is … Continue reading Winter

Why I don’t argue on the internet

Here the women met them, swords and axes in their hands, and with hideous shrieks of rage tried to drive back fugitives and pursuers alike, the fugitives as traitors, and the pursuers as foes; they mixed themselves up with the combatants, with bare hands tore away the shields of the Romans or grasped their swords, and endured wounds and mutilations… I recently discovered this quote … Continue reading Why I don’t argue on the internet

What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About

Since I’m apparently not writing any fiction for awhile, I’ve been thinking about a blog post called: What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About which would itself be about the popularity of providing the world with meta-level commentary on your own utterances, worthy as they are of such analysis — and hey, if other people won’t do it, then roll … Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About

Carnival of Loss

in my writing i often tackle the carnival-esque-ness of contemporary culture, but i do so ironically. much of the media we consume is self-consciously mythic, which doesn’t necessarily mean it has swords and wizards and shit, although obviously some of it does. it means it fills the role of myth. back before culture was lifted out of space-time, before wrist watches and a money economy, … Continue reading Carnival of Loss

Dear Internet

Dear Internet, You are not “educating” someone when you explain how or why they’re wrong. If you merely critique, you will merely appear to criticize. And all creatures defend themselves when attacked. It’s an instinctive, genetic response. The fact is, whether it should be this way or not, the human brain is not an all-purpose computer. People do not, like Mr. Spock, logically evaluate the truth-value content of non-emotive … Continue reading Dear Internet