Miscellany

Social Media Manifesto

  Many people are unhappy. They feel anxious. Sad. Betrayed. Defiant. Many people are happy. They feel safe. Exuberant. Vindicated. Heard.   I’ve lost a fair number of friends during this election cycle. Folks who held their allegiance to an…
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Some Thoughts on Garrison Keillor’s Final Show

  I sit in a 24 hour diner as I write this. It’s 2am, and this place is packed to the gullet with pre-drunks, post-drunks, rascally high schoolers, moony couples, and first shift insomniacs—a regular cross-section of America. A few hours…
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31+ Reasons Not To Vote For Trump

I don’t write political pieces. I’m not a terribly active politically. I leave it to others to wrangle and yell and hash out their relationship with the half of the country that disagrees with them. I am registered as an…
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Films For Creative Types

Artists often work alone. While isolation naturally draws introverted personalities into the richness of their inner life, it can also leave creatives feeling confused about their progress and place in the world. Is all this a waste of time? Who…
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Learn to Sail LA’s Official Tall Ships (For Free!)

My love of tall ships goes back a ways, but given my recent research dive into the great tea races, it’s taken on an outsized portion of my attention lately. Back when I was working at a tea importing company,…
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Roughly 5,280 Reasons America Should Have Gone Metric A Long Time Ago

Defining Our Terms: Metric vs. Ye Olde English If you’ve been to elementary school in the United States, you’ve encountered the metric system. As you’ll remember, it’s a system based on ten. There are 100 centimeters in a meter. 1,000…
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Re: Philanthropy, Thoreau Got It Wrong

  Dear Henry,   I’ve recently read your book Walden and would like to share my observations with you, if that’s alright. I’m sorry to hear that your cabin was torn down, reassembled, and ultimately dismantled not long after you…
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Where to Find Your Next Favorite Book

  As good old-fashioned bookstores become more and more yeti-like these days (i.e. difficult to find, smelly and temperamental when cornered) it can be tough to know where find a good book. You go to Amazon, scroll through the “other…
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