February 21, 2017

You are where your attention is

The family that is eating together while simultaneously on their phones is not actually together. They are, in Turkle's formulation, "alone together."

You are where your attention is.

Via Andrew Sullivan

January 22, 2017

The Baffler: J.G. Ballard's brilliant


In J.G. Ballard's brilliant story Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan, he mimics the language of a psychological case study to sink into the sexual undertones of mass-media politics: "Faces were seen as either circumcised (JFK, Khrushchev) or uncircumcised (LBJ, Adenauer).

In assembly-kit tests Reagan's face was uniformly perceived as a penile erection." It's hard to place Trump anywhere on this scale. We're used to thinking of the man as an unrestrained male id, a vulgar explosion of infantile sexuality and adult braggadocio, a big, bleating, phallic presence--but he's nothing of the sort. Watch him moan, see how he constantly kvetches, see that horrendous wet flap of a mouth pronounce its indignity. A queasy, quivering pile of folded flesh; walking gynaecomastia, hermaphrodite rage.

January 21, 2017

Minimalism as a functional lifestyle

Don't give meaning to possessions. Most important, I understand that my possessions can be replaced. Someone recently asked me what I would grab if my apartment caught fire. I responded, "Nothing. Everything I own is replaceable."

Minimalism is not a radical lifestyle. Minimalism is a tool I use to get rid of unnecessary stuff and live a meaningful life--a life filled with happiness, freedom, and conscious awareness. Because I strip away life's excess, I'm able to focus on the important parts of life: health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution. That's what living a meaningful life is about for me.

-- Joshua Fields Millburn .