Alan Watts: The Story of the Chinese Farmer

Some of Alan Watts most influential lessons and ideas emerged from lectures he gave at universities across the United States, including his story of the Chinese farmer. The story, recorded and transcribed below, is also part of a collection of lectures entitled Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks: 1960-1969.  “You never know what will be […]

Leaving on a jet plane

Standing there, gazing into space. He holds a can of crisps in hand, a kid’s proclivity for snacking. Early morning light seeps through the airport, bouncing through Pringles to make an unidentifiable crater tinged with green. Now camouflaged, at an age too young to care. Hiding is an art, driven to the impulse of waiting. […]

Distracted by organized chaos

I’m a sucker for seeing extraordinary in the ordinary. Last Friday on my walk home from work I stumbled upon a set of loose white paper sheets scattered on the sidewalk. Except it didn’t exactly appear haphazard. The paper zigzagged in a pattern. After taking the photo, I felt compelled to pick it up. It was […]