My latest article for CiRCE is about kid’s movies. It’s an old gripe, but one I always enjoy making.
Just before he dies, in the few seconds beforehand, every man feels he has just inherited a measureless fortune. A hundred trillion dollars, let us say.
Q: What does it feel like to die?
A: Dying feels like learning you have inherited a hundred trillion dollars and then dying only a few seconds later.
Over the last several weeks, I have returned to Neroli, as I do every summer. I am presently working on Love What Lasts, my fourth book. Love What Lasts began as a book about art, but is quickly becoming a clearinghouse for every idea I’ve had since finishing How To Be Unlucky.
Regardless, Neroli has been my writing music for three years now. It sounds as good as ever, even on my 30th listen of the week.
My latest for CiRCE is dedicated to teaching readers how to predict the future. It is easier and more humbling than you can imagine.
My latest for CiRCE is about Joe Versus the Volcano. It’s a sprawling essay and you can read it here.
My latest for CiRCE is a brief reflection on my unlikely love for Patricia Highsmith and all the nasty things that algorithms do to our ability to love beauty.
Read it here.
If you can’t say something nice, you’re probably trying to talk about the zeitgeist.
Today, my sophomore Humanities class began a four week study of Hamlet, and I opened our time in the play with a few comments on Harold Bloom’s introductory essay to Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.
The lecture is available to download by clicking here.
The Shore of Oblivion (1889)