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On Madrid, but Mostly Spain

Reading Time: 5 minutes I had the misfortune of travelling from Barcelona to Madrid. I say misfortune because, like many who make that journey, I found Madrid utterly uninspired compared to Barcelona. Whereas Barcelona has a lyrical, turbulent quality, Madrid feels like straight lines and regular workdays. Barcelona feels like a small city that grew large through the attractiveness […]

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On Barcelona, City Content with Conflict

Reading Time: 4 minutes When visiting Barcelona, I get a singular sense of tranquil convulsion. I have never experienced a place that carries such an air of revolution and chaos with absolute ease. When exploring its streets, you can’t help but notice some of its innate contradictions. Many cities contain contradictions. But typically, these contradictions are jarring. I think […]

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The Order of Interbeing: An Addendum

Reading Time: 5 minutes I recently read Thich Naht Hanh’s Zen tome, Peace Is Every Step. It is a soothing read on how to exist peacefully in the modern world. Overall, it reaffirmed my love for his work.  But in the last chapter, he steps outside his usual parabolic style of writing to offer a set of guidelines on […]

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Graphing Flow, Like Phil Jackson

Reading Time: 4 minutes Phil Jackson, the legendary NBA coach, tucked a profound insight about our mental states into his book, Sacred Hoops. He focused his articulation of it around basketball, and as a result, it hasn’t been as widely discussed as I think it should be. So I’d like to reframe it outside of basketball. Jackson believed deeply […]

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Identity and Decision Making

Reading Time: 3 minutes What percentage of people’s decisions are driven by their desire to craft their own identity? How much of their choice in music? What portion of their spending? How many of their acts of kindness? Of love? The paths for their career and family? A cynic tends to choose a higher number: “Nobody actually is nice/is […]

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Seeking Oblivion

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why do we like to drink? Or get high? This question typically evokes highly personal answers: to numb pain, to be more social, to appreciate the taste, or fuck off, I just like it. I think the root behind any of those answers is to get closer to oblivion. Oblivion /əˈblivēən/, noun: a. the fact […]

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Moving Towards Complexity: The Meaning of Life

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last night at the bar, I found myself in a conversation about the meaning of life. I had just met the guy, who worked in tech, and he shared how he used to think the meaning of life was to reproduce – until he spoke with a gay person who wasn’t interested in that. Now, […]

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Mad Men and the Happiness Carousel

Reading Time: 7 minutes A few months ago, my girlfriend broke up with me. I was not particularly happy. I had to make a lot of changes in my life, including finding a new show to watch. I decided to re-watch Mad Men. I figured it would be productive for me to experience male characters that had no problem […]

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A Retrospective on Perspective (or: Why Everything is Going to be Okay)

Reading Time: 5 minutes I spent the last quarter of 2015 in the tech capital of the world, San Francisco. There were apps for everything and wearables for everyone. As a self-proclaimed early adopter, I was excited to be among my people. But even in this forward-thinking, future-facing bastion of the tech elite, a familiar concern prevailed: we have […]

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My 2016 New Year’s Resolution: Cast Aside Diderot’s Robe

Reading Time: 2 minutes The parable of Diderot’s Robe was one of the most impactful articles I read in 2015. Here’s the Cliffsnotes: After living his life in poverty, the French philosopher (pictured above) was awarded an ornate robe by the emperor of Russia. Suddenly, everything else he owned looked terrible by comparison. So he bought tons of brand new […]