Seasons of Americans

I am currently (Fall 2021) living in a small city in the north of Italy. Here, there is an American Military base, and that supplies this city with a constant supply of Americans, all of whom stay here for just a little while before moving on. I also lived here in 2003 or 2004 (life…

A random Wednesday post appears!

This is just a random shilling post to inform the readership of this blog (both of you) that my first short story is getting published. It is available for Pre-Order over at Dead Star Press. Go buy a copy. It would make me happy. But more importantly, you would be supporting a small business owner…

The Great Dating App Purge

The byline of this blog post is as follows. I deleted all my dating apps from my life, and it improved my self esteem immensely. In the summer of 2012 a friend came to visit me. He was a nice guy, but a bit of a busy body, and at some point the conversation turned…

Anti-Deepities

This is just a little April Fool’s Day shit post. I have a hatred of deepities. Deepities, for the uninitiated, are statements that at first glance seem deep, but if you actually look at them carefully, you notice that they start to fall apart. Deepities are everywhere in our popular thinking, and for reasons I…

Being the ghost

It is not that love sometimes makes mistakes, but that it is, essentially, a mistake. We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfections on to another person. One day the phantasmagoria vanishes, and with it love dies. Ortega y Gasset I learned long ago that after about high school, no one really cares…

History still doesn’t repeat itself

Am I really going to write this same blog post again? Yes, yes I am. This blog, if it has any function at all, is something of my online diary. The events that are currently going on in the world are obliging me to write this. I am writing this on August 18 2021, and…

Bad life choices – University

I often ruminate on whether all my ruminating does me any good1 . This rumination brings me back to all my past life event in a pretty haunting way, but it does give me some time to reflect on what specifically went wrong. I largely do this because, as far as I can tell, I am…

Why live here?

When I left Italy in 2010, I had been living here for about 5 years straight. I came back briefly in 2012, but it didn’t work because the economy was tanking and my employers stopped paying me when they got hit with a fine for tax evasion. It was ultimately for the best, as I…

Advice I cannot follow – Failures in Polymathy – Part 2

This is a continuation of last weeks post. I recommend you read that first, as this follows from that. But I am the type of idiot that feels like these problems can be solved with enough reflection and thought. To go into this, I need to bring up another anecdote from my past. When I…

Advice I cannot follow – Failures in Polymathy

I think I am an addict. Or at least, that’s a part of my personality that shouldn’t be ignored. One of the things I realized when I quit smoking was that I had a hard time with finality. I didn’t want there to be a ‘last cigarette’. There was too much finality in that, and…