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storing up spirit in a chain of notes

Came across this quote while reading “Born to run“: …and it immediately reminded me of this note I wrote on storing vs mortgaging energy. I like noticing obscure synchronicities in the media…

the reasonable response

I go into these phases of low moods – at least they are phases, they used to be a permanent feature – my partner would ask me why. Most of the time…

when only words are left

I just finished reading “No longer human” by Osamu Dazai – the book is problematic because of its misogynistic themes but also representative of its times, published in 1948. I picked up…

insights from a forest monk

I like to read Buddhist books because it serves a radical narrative compared to the ones we’ve been served in mainstream society. It teaches us to understand the nature of our suffering,…

Proust on seeing ourselves in books

This quote re-surfaced on facebook’s “on this day” a while ago, and I thought I should note it down here so it can have a permanent place in my learning library. Hopefully…

Susanna Clarke’s chronic illness

Someone reviewed Piranesi on my rss feed, and it led me to this Paris Review write up on Susanna Clarke, whom you may know as the authour of Jonathan Strange & Mr…

the emptiness of information overload

Sometimes I think about times in my younger days, when I could spend hours reading a book or listening to music on my walkman (remember these things?). Now I can barely get…

the truth of insubstantiality

I’ve been noticing an uncomfortable energy in my body, like I am unable to be still, a sort of twitchiness. I am not sure if I have always been this way or…