Tag Archives: Anarchy

Waste

How much stuff gets thrown away not because it’s no longer functional, but because people no longer have a use or need for it, or they don’t know how to fix it, or how to get the replacement part for … Continue reading

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Is This the Life You Want?

There are people who spend their waking hours diligently making things awful. They’re “awfulisers”, in the words of cartoonist Michael Leunig. Their net contribution to human life is extremely negative and it undoubtedly would be better if we called these … Continue reading

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Making Art While Everything Burns

I have a schedule that is supposed to help me build positive work habits, so that I get my priority projects done. You know the theory: just make sure you put one foot in front of the other every day … Continue reading

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Lonely Robots and Hungry Ghosts

How do you make art in a world that is so atomised and fragmented; where every human being behaves like an automaton, programmed to consume, but not to interact with anybody else at a deep, meaningful level? When every member … Continue reading

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Old, Ignored Ideas

Writing something worth reading has become difficult, lately. Due to the chaotic state of global politics, we’re awash with shocking, sickening, outrageous, alarming, disgusting, unprecedented things to read all the time. There are more polemics, accusations and denials than you … Continue reading

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Infinite Options, Finite Self

Have you ever heard that phrase, “drowning, not waving”? It can feel that way when you’ve bitten off lots of projects, but you’re struggling to complete any of them. Suddenly, you can feel like you’re under water, barely coping with … Continue reading

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Impasse

Occasionally, you lose sight of your own future – the one you envision for yourself and strive toward. It’s very disorienting when that happens. That ideal life you’d like to lead becomes a diffuse and obscure cloud of confusion. When … Continue reading

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On Not Doing the Work You Love

It might seem strange to be writing about underemployment, when the executive branch of the most militarised and powerful nation on Earth is, through its legions of official goons and flunkies, bureaucratically, permanently orphaning jailed small children and babies, just … Continue reading

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How Many Creative Options Do You Need?

This is a hard lesson to learn for many artists, myself included. Here it is, though: adding more creative options only causes you to reach a point of diminishing returns quite rapidly. Beyond that point, having more creative options available … Continue reading

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Expense or Investment?

It all depends on how you look at things. Two people can observe the same event, but because of their default mental models about that happenstance, conclude that two entirely different and irreconcilable consequences have resulted. What you think happened … Continue reading

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