Unfinished Thoughts

A scratchpad for exploring favorite themes: Borges, time, randomness, consciousness, etc.

Crucibles of Mystery

17 May, 2019

After years of hearing Barry Lopez mentioned alongside some of my favorite writers—Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold—I finally began to read him…

Madness, Rack, and Honey

09 March, 2019

I just finished Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey, a collection of lectures about poetry and art in general. It’s an amazing book...


23 February, 2019

We are carriers of spirit. We know not how nor why nor where. On our shoulders, in our eyes, in anguished hands through unclear realm, into…

Time as Absolution

23 February, 2019

Religion (at least certain versions of it) offers a clean slate: “all is forgiven.” Yet mere time offers something almost as powerful. We…

The Experience of the Sky

09 February, 2019

The strange thing about dreams isn’t that they’re strange. It’s that, as we experience them, they don’t feel strange. There’s something of…

The problem with time

08 February, 2019

Even if you were immortal, you couldn’t have your childhood back.

Other Worlds

06 February, 2019

I wrote this for my friend Adrien Converse, the artist Lurm. In their livestream series “Live with Lurm,” Adrien reads pieces of writing for the very first time, then improvises music in response....

A Hardware Element to the Soul

23 January, 2019

A diary or journal doesn’t just reveal a person’s inner life. It helps create it, by structuring and deepening one’s ongoing dialogue with…

Looking for the Territory

18 January, 2019

Here’s one of the most wonderful passages in all of Borges, “On Exactitude in Science”:...

Practical Skepticism

06 January, 2019

So much of philosophy feels almost purely academic: questions about whether we’re brains in a vat, or whether we were created a second ago…