Monthly Archives: May 2021

You fantasized that you saw without being seen.

Suddenly, you noticed someone looking back. Now you fantasize that you have been overlooked.

Collectives have wills.

Like individual wills, the genuine ones are divided against themselves.

Clarke, 2001.

Discourse on the origin of homo economicus.

Stanley Kubrick could pick them.

Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 is a cinematic novel from a cinematic novelist.

Position, power, perform.

What you say can change where you say it.

Primacy of the negative.

Every fact depends upon an almost infinite set of counterfactuals.

What am I working on now?

I’m not working on anything right now. I’m having a conversation.

You hate stereotypes because they are false and degrading.

You hate them even more, though, when you see yourself in them and your own belief in them.

Brunel, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.”

A realist aesthetic would have ruined this enjoyable film.

Bureaucratic capitalism.

What you call meritocracy selects for mediocrity.