Things Fall Apart

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   The ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worst   Are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming“ The Kyle Rittenhouse trial led me to wonder about the history of riots in … Continue reading Things Fall Apart

Give Us Your Burned Out Millennials

The little city down the road from the little town in which I live announced this week that it wants to add 5,000 residents to its population. I think it’s a great idea. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Or maybe just your burned out millennials in search … Continue reading Give Us Your Burned Out Millennials

I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill

I spent time this week listening to Eva Cassidy, whose music was unknown to me until long after her death in 1996. [h/t to music critic Ted Gioia, whose thoughtful homage got that ball rolling.] It left me thinking of other artists and creators whose work goes largely unnoticed while they’re alive, and sometimes — … Continue reading I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill

October links

Not that I was clinging to it with any particular vigor, but Jon Michael Greer puts a stake through the heart of my oh-so-wistful desire to experience life in an intentional community. After posting about it in July and getting feedback from friends online and off, I’m coming to understand my interest in intentional community … Continue reading October links

History Is Not Inanimate

This past Wednesday a Tennessee legislator stood up in the Tennessee chambers and stated that the Civil War has not ended. That it is still going on, and that the South is winning. He was making a bollocks economic argument, which the linked story does a fair job dismantling, but it reminded me that I … Continue reading History Is Not Inanimate

Indiana: It’s Not That Bad!

I read Alan Lightman’s Probable Impossibilities and sat for a while with the notion of an indifferent universe. I decided I was pretty okay with it. It takes the pressure off. The cosmos does not care! This weekend I wandered through the museum at the Working Men’s Institute in New Harmony, Indiana, a two-room display … Continue reading Indiana: It’s Not That Bad!

You’re Complicit, I’m Complicit

But if you hate the system, and you reject what it represents, and you are against the hierarchies and societal organization it perpetuates, and already regret how it affected yourself or how it may eventually affect your own kids — you also have to reckon with how your participation, even your reluctant, conflicted participation, sustains it. … Continue reading You’re Complicit, I’m Complicit

It’s the Intermediaries

Jon Michael Greer writes about what he calls the metastatic growth of intermediation, a phrase that furrowed my brow for a bit until I worked out that he was referring to the process by which supply meets demand within our increasingly dysfunctional economy. Also: what it means for workers and peasants when so many intermediaries … Continue reading It’s the Intermediaries

The Fate of Peasants

At what point will we call the folks fleeing the drought-stricken west and southwest “climate refugees”? And are they really going to Duluth, or is that just cable news conjuring a trend from random acts of dislocation? Perhaps my old stomping ground in the rust-and-snow-belt will become a new safe haven for those exhausted by … Continue reading The Fate of Peasants

The Other Left-vs-Right

I was introduced recently* to the work of Iain McGilchrist, philosopher, poet, psychiatrist, polymath, best known for his 2009 book The Master and His Emissary, in which he explores the current neuroscience regarding the hemispheric functions of the brain, and considers how those brain functions have shaped western culture. I’ve spent some time this past … Continue reading The Other Left-vs-Right