…how often knowledge comes like this: a casually effected violence which throws the world just west of true.Sight, Jessie Greengrass
Some thoughts on receiving and giving advice, unsolicited or otherwise.Read more "Theories of transference, and advisory warnings"
Is manhood dickhood?Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson
Alexandra Bell is a multidisciplinary artist. Her “Counternarratives” series shines a light on the ways in which news media report on, and shape our perception of events.Read more "Counternarratives by Alexandra Bell"
We’re not laughing in the pictures. We’re not happy.
We’re invincible.The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg
A frivolous research exercise that led me somewhere utterly unexpected.Read more "Unknown Knowns"
As far as I can tell, this is mankind’s most honest cognitive project. It is frank about the fact that all the information we have about the world comes straight out of our own heads, like Athena out of Zeus’s. People bring to Wikipedia everything they know. If the project succeeds, then this encyclopaedia undergoing perpetual renewal will be the greatest wonder of the world. It has everything we know in it – every thing, definition, event and problem our brains have worked on; we shall cite sources, provide links. And so we will start to stitch together our version of the world, be able to bundle up the globe in our own story. It will hold everything. Let’s get to work! Let everyone write even just a sentence on whatever it is they know best.
Sometimes I start to doubt that it will work. After all, what it has in it can only be what we can put into words – what we have words for. And in that sense, it wouldn’t be able to hold everything at all.
We should have some other collection of knowledge, then, to balance that one out – its inverse, its inner lining, everything we don’t know, all the things that can’t be captured in any index, can’t be handled by any search engine. For the vastness of these contents cannot be traversed from word to word – you have to step in between the words, into the unfathomable abysses between ideas. With every step we’ll slip and fall.Flights, Olga Tokarczuk
The things I’m noticing, about noticing things.Read more "Quizzing Dad, Hopscotch, and Pansy Luchadores"
insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again…The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Thoughts on how to increase your chances of encountering something unexpectedly delightful.Read more "Can you manufacture serendipity?"