*trigger warning* We were reshaping language. Making it fit better. Breaking it into chunks, discrete pieces. That’s what acid does: it lets you see all the infinitesimal pieces of everything, the air’s live molecules, the shivering motion of protons, electrons, neutrons as they fly through their individual atoms. At the same time, it lets you see the big things: the stars, the way the molecules connect all living creatures together, the breathing of trees against darkness. … READ MORE
Gratitude is a weird word. It’s something that middle-aged ladies of a woo-woo bent tend to throw around too much.* It can be almost a guilt trip: Hey, asshole, how dare you be depressed? You need more gratitude for what you have, First World Problematic scumbag!
On the other hand, “gratitude” expresses a fundamental process and alert, positive state of being. It implies that hey, you’re awake, you’re noticing what’s … READ MORE
What belongs in a story? Art and literature generally streamline the stories of life, homing in on narrative arcs and peeling away the detritus that collects with time. They compress and refine. They make sense of the intertwined relationships, discussions, thoughts, and experiences that compose our lives. Writing, making art, composing music, performing: these practices and the dialogues they inspire help us figure out what our stories actually are. Except, … READ MORE