Doubling Down on Less(ness)

In 1969, the year in which he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Irish dramatist Samuel Beckett (pictured above) published a short piece of experimental prose entitled Sans in French. He then rewrote the piece in English and called it Lessness. It begins this way: Ruins true refuge long last towards which so many false […]

Hansei 2012

It’s that time of year. That time when we invoke the spirit of Janus. Janus was the Roman god, the guardian of doors and gates, the god of new beginnings, as powerful as Jupiter himself. January is named for him. Janus was the custodian of the universe, and was seen as the originator and orchestrator of […]

Happy To Be Panned

I have a new outlook on criticism, which I attribute to Nassim Nicholas Taleb and his amazing, must-read (thrice, if you’re like me) new book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. As you can easily guess if you’re familiar with my writing, I look on the subtractive side of life: simplicity, elegance, emergent self-organization, and the power […]