Fictionalizing Anthropology

What if invention, undertaken as a collective project, were the most powerful rejoinder both to the constraining pretend-pragmatism of much mainstream politics and to the dogmatically asserted “alternative facts” of populist, right-wing demagoguery?

Pretty and Witty

Images are easy to project ourselves onto—we’re taught to do so, after all—but it’s a bit harder to describe what’s on the inside, especially when we misconstrue our detachment as a vacancy, rather than a conscious subduing of pain.

Waiting for the End of the World

In Durham, where Leave gained 57.5% of the referendum vote, one could see a man walking around the city center, bearing a sign that read, “LEAVE THE EU – RETURN TO YOUR GOD.”

Grace Paley’s Political Vision of Love

At a time when self-care has been effectively sold and “love” mangled to mean turning a blind eye, Paley’s stories seem to offer a way out—a less sanitized and more genuinely compassionate way to live with both ourselves and others.

Teaching a Dog to Talk

With each day, as walks and meals arrive in a predictable order, as I persuade him to walk down the stairs or past the bicycle and no catastrophe occurs, we grow closer together, but he’ll remain a visitor—and thus so will I—until we can talk with one another.

Cats in Istanbul

The encounter with the other in street cats gestures beyond itself towards the true Other of the Divine.

The Splash of Icarus: Theorizing Sound Writing / Writing Sound Theory

Sound knowledge — a nondiscursive form of affective transmission resulting from acts of listening.
Sound writing — a performance in word-sound of such knowledge.

Once More, With Feeling

What’s wrong with feeling, anyway?

Autumnal Travels

Each autumn is a collection of every autumn past.

Murder Play: Reading Pain in Chris Kraus’s HOW TO SHOOT A CRIME

Rather than deeply connecting sadomasochism with gentrification, the film shows how removed loft living can be from issues of displacement and crime.