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Amor Mundi 3/31/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi:Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 3/31/13 Posted on 2 April 2013 | 11:36 am

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

The Brain Activity Map

I am a neural matrix of roughly 80 billion cells each charged with the potential for action, firing out in multiple patters of synchronicity towards a seemingly inexhaustible order of calculations — I am the system that emerges, I am its apex, I am sentience — therefore I am. This, I imagine, is what Descartes…Read more The Brain Activity Map Posted on 12 March 2013 | 11:26 am

Let’s Talk About Power

Something happened on February 3rd that has never happened before, and in contrast to the event that provided the circumstance for its happening, it is almost a footnote in our discussion of what we really witnessed that day. Superbowl XLVII was held in New Orleans last week. It was an awesome game filled with unique…Read more Let’s Talk About Power Posted on 13 February 2013 | 11:40 am

“If”

My girlfriend and I walked by a clothing storefront and noticed the print on some of the t-shirts at the lower right corner of the window and went in. She had mentioned this Imaginary Foundation (IF) before. They make print t-shirts. I went to school at an expensive liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley—everyone…Read more “If” Posted on 6 February 2013 | 11:18 am

Destructive Criticism

Nikita Nelin continues his report of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 8/15/12-9/5/12. You can read his first post here. “Art washed away the dust of everyday living.” -Pablo Picasso Here, on the Playa, you are covered in dust. “Playa,” is what this stretch of desert is referred to as. It is Spanish for “beach.”…Read more Destructive Criticism Posted on 7 September 2012 | 9:47 am

To the Place of Definitions

A few weeks ago I ran into Nikita Nelin, a former student who has had success as a fiction writer and recently as a professor. He told me he was off on an adventure to attend the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. His intention was to write about the experience and see what…Read more To the Place of Definitions Posted on 22 August 2012 | 11:37 am