Category Archives: Magic

it’s summertime

This is my last full week in Asheville! Next Sunday or Monday I’ll be heading to Columbia, South Carolina, where I’ll be spending the fourth of July. Around the seventh, I start driving to the Hudson Valley to house-sit/see friends and family (including my new nephew, born in May, who I’ve yet to meet) for […]

immemoria (fiction)

(1) They’ll laugh when they don’t understand you and they’ll laugh when they do. He was very tired, she could tell by the colors around his eyes, he’s tired and so am I. I feel helpless against the surveillance state, against the inexorable spread of technology. The worst part is that it’s not fit to write about. […]

“Much has been made of the resemblances between the two totalitarianisms, communism and Nazism. They are undeniable, with this one difference, that the communists committed their crimes in betrayal of the values on which they founded themselves, and the Nazis, in fulfillment of theirs.” – Chris Marker, Coréenes

abstract / in progress: a garden of forking code

Working on this. *** In this essay, I argue that regular social media use imposes unique difficulties on the process of writing fiction, and that these difficulties stem from the social web’s overarching ethos of personal transparency. The essay takes a first-person perspective, drawing on my own experiences online and as a writer, though it […]

being nobody

Who was it that said that in a truly oppressed society, people are not silenced, but forced to speak? “Neoliberalism turns the oppressed worker into a free contractor, an entrepreneur of the self. Today, everyone is a self-exploiting worker in their own enterprise…the prevailing mode of production is based on lonesome and isolated self-entrepreneurs, who […]

Art and Magic

I think what used to be called “magic” is now known as “art.” Once upon a time we understood magic to occupy its own ontological space and questions of real or unreal didn’t apply. When the collective unconscious busted through the seams of the visible world, when our deepest desires and fantasy worlds began to […]

Technology As A Metaphor for the Future

The more I write on digital activism and the Internet, the more interested I become in Jungian studies and symbolism. It’s disorienting to be Facebook- free. Facebook has been a part of my life since 2005; I encountered it on the campus of UPenn back when it was “The Facebook,” a sort of yearbook-type site […]