January 20, 2017

First Book

I've just published my first book on Amazon. It's a collection of seventy-two stories written over the past fifteen years. I use the term "stories" as a catchall for what includes creative non-fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, and memoir. All of the pieces are short, usually just a few hundred words. I've tried to capture the interesting bits and pieces of life as I see it. I find it's all interesting, if you pay attention.



December 22, 2016

End of the World

December 17, 2016

Currently Reading

How a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis's own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

December 11, 2016

Climate Change

December 10, 2016

Current Reading

I'm currently reading Mary Oliver's collection of essays, Upstream. I'm almost finished and I'm getting that please don't let this end feeling. I particularly enjoyed her essay bird where she relates the story of finding an injured Black-backed Gull and taking it home Christmas morning. My bird loving friends will love this story. If you love nature there are few writers who are better at capturning what we love about our world.

December 9, 2016

Crushed

Mr. Trump is gone, killed in a blink, crushed by his ego at his own inauguration. It happened the moment he placed his hand on the Bible. No one else was injured, though Chief Justice Roberts gown was ruffled. The Justice reported hearing a loud swoosh and when it passed there was nothing but a spot of orange matter custard on the stage in front of him. The crowd was stunned but soon started chanting: clean him up, clean him up.

I didn't want to think about it and so retired to a nearby coffee shop where a cup of my favorite french roast calmed my mind. It was then I noticed the cup I was drinking from had a picture of the almost president and the slogan drain the swamp beneath. I took a picture of the cup, and tweeted: today the @realDonaldTrump disappeared, and the swamp began to drain.

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