Crunchy Cons

In Station Eleven, survivors of a global pandemic and subsequent post-apocalyptic chaos decamp to an abandoned airport in Michigan and eventually establish a Museum of Civilization, comprised of assorted artifacts from life before “year zero,” when the pandemic paralyzed the world and rendered much of the stuff that had comprised their lives useless. The Museum … Continue reading Crunchy Cons

Fishing for Failure: On Writing’s Pain and Gain

"Writing and fishing are both art forms built for optimists." So says Nick Ripatrazone in a wonderful essay at The Millions. I'm inclined to disagree. Writing and fishing, though art forms indeed, feel more often like science projects built for masochists. Writing and fishing are laborious. They take a lot of time, most of which is spent … Continue reading Fishing for Failure: On Writing’s Pain and Gain

Dharma Island

https://twitter.com/johnaugust/statuses/422816417436536832 If you click the link from John August's above tweet, you'll learn, as I did recently, that Disney World used to have a wildlife attraction on their massive property called Discovery Island, which was abandoned in 1999 and left to be overrun by wilderness. Shane Perez, a self-described "urban explorer" and photographer, apparently snuck … Continue reading Dharma Island