In Which I Explain a Few Things

The clever title is borrowed from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, who in turn borrowed it from a then popular BBC segment. The caption is a verse I wrote to an old American folk-song, Mole in the Ground. There are many versions and takes on it. This is one of my favorite.

My interests: The way people talk, love beyond narcissism, anarchism/autonomy/interdependence, writing and its relationship to truth-telling, the nature and distribution of work, radio, economic anthropology, market totalitarianism, self-love as individuating and communizing process, changing attitudes toward work and the work-ethic, children, organization, transactional language in nonmarket settings, compassion, the divine quotidian, the abstract character of the real world, the politics of work, boundaries and their psychopomps, psychedelia, gender as performance vs. gender as identity, bad faith and faith proper, the Absolute, sin and grace, samsara and nirvana, civilization and its discontents, nonviolent communication, bicycling and bicycle touring, the reality in illusion, habit and spontaneity, the unconscious, universality and multiplicity, peace, evolutionary theory, jokes, the organization of knowledge, riddles, the sensuous expression of freedom, political economy, Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of “spandrels” applied to everyday life, poetry, religion, urbanism and political geography, democratic decision making, myth, the critique of violence.

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5 thoughts on “In Which I Explain a Few Things

  1. Severely off-topic, but I was wondering if you’d be interested in a project I’m aiming at a number of the blog authors in the continental philosophy blogosphere. Specifically, I’m interested in developing a mailing list that would act as a “back channel” for discussion across a range of minds, the virtue of which is on-going, long-form discussion that bridges the gap between blog comments sections and email. If this interests you, let me know at what[dot]is[dot]ground[at]gmail[dot]com.

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