“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”—Victor Hugo Last week I climbed higher than the Sears Tower in a near-fugue state, brought on by a Netflix series. “The Circle” is a surreal distillation of our zeitgeist, oneContinue reading “The Circle Come Round At Last”
This next story just breaks my heart. Seventy years of veneration, smashed up in an instant by vandals in Baker, Oregon.
While researching the remarkable life of Seid Back for the Oregon Encyclopedia I came across some fascinating examples of historical ephemera related to the Chinese-American experience in Oregon. I’ve reproduced some below, with associated explanation:
This piece was a real pleasure to write, it’s a great feeling to address and highlight some of the fundamental absurdity of our economic system in detail. The day I saw my first “Ghost Kitchen” was profound evidence that the world is wobbling on its axis and I’m grateful to editor Maria Bustillos for herContinue reading ““Hell’s Kitchens” for Popula”