There is a stark difference between writing with the public in mind and writing with a public in mind. The difference centers on intention. The first aims at form, grace, and intelligibility through honesty; the other at store windows and ingratiation. The latter is characterized by half-truth and frills. Honesty is just an embellishment, bled and dessicated by Ego for display. Ego serves up honesty with all the flaccid pomp of a luxury item: preserved, waxed and laid out with […]
The day I saw that quote marked my creative destruction and I nearly drove myself mad with change. I’m talking about the kind of change that leaves you referring to yourself in the second person (he, she, it).
In February, my partner and I roadtripped across California, travelling 1,500 miles in 12 days. Our trip took us to ancient forests and valleys, where we saw sands, trees, waterfalls, flat lands, and icy peaks of belittling majesty. We had hoped to quell any doubts of moving from New York City to San Francisco. By the end of that trip, any doubts were scorched into the roadside somewhere in Death Valley. We had a few delays in San Francisco: I left two bags with about $150 worth of […]