Starting to get the office set up.
It’s a nice feeling. I had been working off a folding chair and a plank of wood propped up on dresser. Funny enough, these were better conditions than I wrote, rewrote and edited Technicolor Ultra Mall under. Most of that was done off my lap.
This will actually be my first office. When it’s fully up and running, I might take you on tour complete with before and after pictures. I’m sort of proud of the work we’ve done here.
Anyway, onto the pellets . . .
Truth and fiction and Philip K Dick: Just a short comparison (if it can even be called that) between the works of Dick and Borges. Included here just because you should read both authors and plenty of them. Top with some Kafka. Mix and enjoy.
Cuban missile crisis: how the US played Russian roulette with nuclear war: Chomsky’s take on The Cuban Missile Crisis. My feeling is that as long as the power to destroy humanity exists, let alone rests in so few hands, we’re only here through luck. It will run out.
Daniel Lende: The Psychology of Constantly Checking Twitter: I’m often tempted away from the empty page by twitter. But, having written with it on and without it, I’ve found it has no impact on my productivity. To me, it feels like sticking my head, briefly above water to take a breath before diving back down. I guess some people are addicted. Whatever that means.
Refusing the Refusenicks Paradigm: Speaking of which, Nathan Jurgenson offers his thoughts, which are, as they often are, against “digital dualism.”
I have a great deal of respect for Jurgenson. Although I disagree with him on many points and am, I suppose, ‘a facebook refusenik’ I’ve often felt that a real life conversation over coffee or lemonade on the porch would reveal more similarities than differences in our opinions. A feeling, he may very well find philosophically noxious and indicative of a fetishization of the offline.
He could be right.