I Ain’t Worried

In 2015, at least from this listener’s perspective, alternative music was upended by the addition of Nathaniel Rateliff to its chorus of new and promising voices. Of course, Nathaniel himself is not new. He’s been around on the Denver music scene since around 2002. Leaving alone that it’s a shame most of us are only […]

A Nifty Trick

I picked up Hugh Howey’s Sand earlier this month and, apart from enjoying it immensely, noticed a convenient tactic he employs to expound upon the setting without really adding to the text. One of the more egregious faults of any poor work of fantasy or science fiction is to interrupt the narrative with a long-winded […]

Ivory Orbit

That we live in a world of multiple, concurrent realities is not a secret; but it is a truly alien universe one must occupy to have words and phrases like ‘business model’ and ‘user experience’ supplant basic ideas of human dignity. To have the words ‘gig economy’ fall out of your mouth, to have your […]

The Right to Dream

The freedom of being a child is the freedom to wonder. The freedom to passively explore. Freedom from demand, freedom from labor. The freedom of being a child is freedom in essence. There’s no greater feeling, no more crystalline a form of clarity. No one has tried yet to impose upon us a system or […]

Cultural Iconography

Success in the arts is a strange thing, coming and going seemingly without rhyme or reason. There is a scene or a movement, a development in the art form, and a whole clutch of artists disappear as the newcomers roll on in. Some fall from grace, out of the limelight, and others are just drop […]

Built-in Obsolescence

I want you to imagine a world in which you do not go to work. Work comes to you. Purchasing, buying, selling, manufacturing, everything, comes to you. You don’t come into the office, but take the office with you and leave it wherever you choose to leave it. There are no sprawling corporate headquarters, no […]

Inception Self-Deception

There’s something I used to be a big proponent of and have only just started getting back into (in terms of writing): ambient music. And I don’t mean some Brian Eno tracks or the OST to Elder Scrolls, which for a long time have been my usual auditory watering holes. Those are still my go-to’s […]