City Trees

City Trees

City Trees was originally published in 2003. There’s a lot I’d probably change if I went back to it with an editor’s eye, but I’ll refrain and leave it as it is. It’s a bit obtuse in places, elliptical in others, but overall playful and...
Good grief!

Good grief!

VIDEO: Oliver Burkeman: The Negative Path to Happiness and Success. @99u.com I wrote a book about lament, so I might be a bit biased, but I find grief and lament turning up a lot lately as important antidotes to many of the diseases of our modern western culture, not...
Harmony is to be valued” (和を以て貴しとなす)

Harmony is to be valued” (和を以て貴しとなす)

ARTICLE: Taking Back the Aesthetics of Japan. In keeping with this article about kintsugi and this article that coins the term phenomenological attunement, I think the West has a lot to learn from the East. I don’t think what needs to be learned lies in business...
That’s WEIRD, I’m not feeling like myself.

That’s WEIRD, I’m not feeling like myself.

THE ARTICLE: We Aren’t the World by Ethan Watters. “The interdependent self—which is more the norm in East Asian countries, including Japan and China—connects itself with others in a social group and favors social harmony over self-expression. The independent...
Ecologies of Meaning

Ecologies of Meaning

To recap, even the best organizations are arrayed around instrumentality, doing something in the world. That doing something might be as noble as feeding the poor, but the relationships within that organization are, by necessity, instrumental and provisional. This is...