Tag: stoicism

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Fail Often; Seek Weakness

“With afflictions of the spirit…the worse a person is, the less he feels it,” writes Seneca to Lucilius. “Why does no one admit his failings? Because he’s still deep within them. It’s the person who is awakened who recounts his dream, and acknowledging one’s failings is a sign of health.” The further one distances themselves from that which is comfortable, known, certain, the more … Read More Fail Often; Seek Weakness

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Eating Only Potatoes (And Failing Miserably)

For the last two weeks (November 6th-November 19th) I ate only potatoes. Wait. Let me be more specific: Monday, November 6th through Tuesday, November 7th I straight-up ate only potatoes. Then come Wednesday morning, as I–in the usual disheveled fashion–was bolting out the backdoor to go teach at the middle school, my hand, possessed of it’s own accord and obviously on it’s own nutritional … Read More Eating Only Potatoes (And Failing Miserably)

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Press Play

“Hydrogen jukebox” comes from a line in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” (1955): …who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford’s floated out and sat through the stale beer afternoon in desolate Fugazzi’s, listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen jukebox… Ginsberg explained that the hydrogen jukebox signifies a state of “hypertrophic high-tech, a psychological state in which people are at the limit of their sensory … Read More Press Play