The froth is coming off

With the right instructions, the unfamiliar becomes manageable. We follow the recipe with the hope that the convoluted reality seeps away into the froth. Yet, had we followed our instincts we may not have gotten stuck in the first place. If we don’t take Google Maps with a grain of salt, we will find ourselves […]

Worrying is a waste of time. Greet your anxiety instead.

It is human nature to ponder anxieties that do not exist. The mind is a fabrication machine, developing worries before they deserve any attention. Wrote Carlos Castaneda in Journey to Ixtlan (Amazon):“To worry is to become accessible… And once you worry, you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to […]

The internet is peanuts

Said filmmaker Orson Welles in 1956: “I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.” We’re at a crossroads with the internet: How can something be so good but bad for us at the same time? Part of the problem is that we use computers and phones for […]

From your mouth

Words signify a consciousness, of which a newborn or pet can only hear. The baby goes on to learn the language of memes and communicates with itself while your dog relies on its own form of internal narrative. There is some form of mental awareness in all creatures. A body without a brain contains zero […]

The car with a dragon tattoo

The leaves grow sideways, unimpeded from the downward force of nature. The car with a dragon tattoo also roars its way into the future. 2017 is the end of the past Revisiting the roots, 2018 promises to bend into unusual shape.

Why food chains are non-places 🍔🌮

Chains are the least memorable places we flock to, yet we always know they are there, clustered like neighbors amongst each other. Next to an Applebees is a Target, a Burger King, and a Starbucks. In “Dear Olive Garden, Never Change,” Helen Rosner writes: “What it means to be a non-place is the same thing […]

Making dream states visible 📱

It was surreal. Standing in the face of General Colin Powell at Madame Tussaud’s in DC had a dream-like quality too it. A window stood between us, the reflective glare merging our bodies. See my arms? Powell’s face seems to conceal my iPhone; the stage-lighting effect of portrait mode paints a dark outline. Yet, everything […]

Scales aquatic 🐟

The logic of aquariums, as with zoos, is the logic of conservation: individual animals must sacrifice their freedom so that the species as a whole can be protected. Plenty of its creatures seem delighted to be there, as far as one can tell, and others seem perfectly unaware of where they are. No doubt many […]

Elements that remove the glare

The emerging reality that the ones glaring inside are too noisy to ignore, making space for the meek to inherit the earth. The powers of nature can too be political. But the elemental energies lend their powers to the working citizens. There is no expiration date on the freedom of the communal tact. The amalgamation […]

The curious method of a collage

Nothing makes sense as individual pieces until they are put together as a collage. Disparate elements appear stronger together rather than standing alone. A melange of stickers mirrors the entire group who created them, assembling into a curious abstraction of unity. Photos by Wells Baum

Marcus Intalex RIP

Marcus Intalex aka Marcus Kaye/Trevino was a drum n bass from the UK, known for spinning the liquid and soul side of DnB. He created one of the best– if not the best–mixes of the Fabric Live compilations. The record introduced me to the likes of Calibre and Alix Perez. Fabric made the album available for streaming for […]

Watch it while it lasts 👀

Below is a preview of this week’s newsletter of interesting articles and musical goodies. To read it in its entirety, sign up or go here to view it on site. As Oscar Wilde said: “When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” When both artist and capitalist […]

Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight

In celebration of World Book Day, I’m previewing a sample chapter from my forthcoming book Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.  The train represented that ‘third place’ between work and home, a space for both productivity and relaxation. It could hum with the ambient sounds of […]

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