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" American voting districts are, across a lot of the country, deeply messed up by having been gerrymandered by right-wing politicians. "
" Our ecological emergency demands proactive choices, not reactive sideswipes. "
" I so totally refuse to 'make an effort to understand' the people who have become vectors for a fascist spectacular politics. "
" Always say less than you think you need. Inject some space into the conversation. "
" The trouble with ecological invocations of Nature is that they're like calling for a medieval tool, perhaps a portcullis or an arrow slit, to fix a modern problem. "
" I'm the absolute worst at getting jobs, ever. I had 100 rejections before I landed one. I kept all the letters in a folder until I realized I could just chuck them away. "
" We intellectuals are not stupid: we know the phenomenology of guilt is a bad photocopy of the phenomenology of thought, so it's much cheaper to press that button. "
" I always knew Andy Hageman would publish incredible eco stuff. "
" When you watch one person on stage trying to surmount their fate only in that very action to embody it, it's called a tragedy. When you see a lot of people doing it on stage, it's called 'Fawlty Towers.' "
" Somewhat selfishly, perhaps, I like to think that the best people sometimes take a few goes to get a job. "
" An adjective, such as 'flimsy,' describes someone's access to a thing, such as 'argument.' But that's just that someone's access. It may be accurate. But it's theirs nevertheless. "
" Aesthetic experiences are powerful, to be sure, and probably inescapable, but Nature will not remain effective for very long. "
" Applying for a job after finishing a Ph.D is about turning yourself inside out. You've been involved in the most introverted process you've ever done, and now you have to show yourself to the world at large. "
" Reductionism and elimination make one feel clever, but what happens when the meditator drops her fixation on feeling clever? "
" I'm not unhappy with the idea of appealing to people's self-interest if that's what makes them understand something about the non-human world. "
" The present is haunted by the X-present. I call this manifold of present and X-present 'nowness': a shifting, haunted region like evaporating mist; a region can't be tied to a specific timescale. "
" We're all human beings, in the end, despite our differences. "
In The End
" An artist attunes to what things are, which means sort of listening to the future, which is just how things are - I think time is a sort of liquid that pours out of hatpins, underground trains, salt crystals. So a work of art is also listening to itself, because what it is never quite coincides with how it appears, too. "
" An environment is precisely something one is unable to point to yet is strangely there nonetheless. "
" Anyone who has trouble imagining causality as magical and uncanny need only consider the existence of children. "
" It's easier to be the art school band than to be the Beatles. "
" I believe art is a way to attune to what reality is, which is a weird reality. "
" Psychologism holds that logical assertions are percolations of brains. Thus logic is a set of rules for how healthy brains operate. Aside from the infinite regress of a brain determining whether a brain is healthy, we have the infinite regress of the idea 'All concepts are brain percolations' being itself a brain percolation, on its own terms. "
" I used to keep a folder with all my rejection letters in it - a few years into having a job, I burned it. "
" The Severing is a catastrophe: an event that does not take place 'at' a certain 'point' in linear time, but a wave that ripples out in many dimensions, and in whose wake we are caught. "
" The waste products in Earth's crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One's garbage doesn't go 'away' - it just goes somewhere else. "
" In my experience, academia is a World War 1 kind of a domain, and I do my best to avoid all that trench warfare. "
" Symbiosis can fail in various different ways: if there's too much stomach bacteria in my stomach, I might have some problems. If there's too little, I might have some problems. There's a sort of dynamic system there. "
" Being seen means that your being is held by the other person without comment, without praise or blame or indifference - just with some kind of open care. "
" If you have suffered from trauma, one of the most healing things that can happen to you is being seen. Being seen doesn't have to mean that someone actually lays their eyes on you, although that certainly helps. "
" I discover in my experiential space evidence for the wrongness of solipsism, and this evidence is called beauty. "