After pulling up the video of my favorite scene from Paris, Texas for my last post, the algorithm steered me to this video essay exploring some of the…
In 2014, I self-published an ebook called There Were These People. The book was a mix of fiction and nonfiction. The title came from a misremembered…
Today: The past few days have been hour after hour of depression and anger. Maybe it's the air pollution in Lampang, which is raging right now and seems…

January 2023

Below is a piece of fiction I wrote when I was living in Bogotá in 2014. It was very much inspired by Dave Eggers’ Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the…
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Today: 1. Wendell Berry: The Work of Local Culture (Part 1) 2. Let’s Stop Calling Everything We Don’t Like a Conspiracy Theory 3. My Flamboyant Grandson…
A guiding principle often associated with doctors and medical students is one I was taught as well when studying journalism: first, do no harm. The…
For different sleuths
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Today: 1. Legendary Producer Rick Rubin on Creativity as a Way of Being 2. Rick Rubin: How to Access Your Creativity 3. Algorithms Don’t Feel. Data…
There’s a section on contrarianism in the Michael Ignatieff essay I shared the other day. It stood out to me for a few reasons: I’d already created a…
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Today: 1. The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling 2. How to Pursue Truth in Six Steps 3. Epistemological Panic, or Thinking for Yourself 4. Inside the…
In my experience, writing is like opening a door that leads to a room with more doors, and then repeating this process until it feels like I’ve opened…
Today: 1. Grief Made Me a Person 2. Dr. Sam Harris: Using Meditation to Focus, View Consciousness & Expand Your Mind 3. The Year the West Erased Women…