Unfinished Thoughts

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

Objects and Ideas

07 December, 2019

Ideas are abstract, immaterial, in principle immortal. Objects are mutable; objects degrade and scatter; they crumble at our touch. Not one…

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...

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…

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”:...

Concentric Minds

28 December, 2018

We can look around and observe that, for lack of a better term, lower beings (plants, animals) have varyingly complex conceptions of the…

Our Recursive World

11 November, 2018

I’ve come to think of almost everything as explainable by some sort of feedback loop. ...