“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, February 28, 2015

All Our Yesterdays

...the episode where Spock goes through the Atavachron and has an entire lifetime, and has to be extricated--double, triple grief...Allan Holdsworth thinks of himself sometimes as Spock.

Check the lyrics: “Through the leaves the sunlight streaming / The leaves of light are shining down on me...” wow.

Mr. Spock

Tony Williams's Lifetime, featuring Allan Holdsworth.

Monday, February 23, 2015

OOO Yeah!

In Milwaukee! A course! You can take! With exclamation marks?

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Nick, quantitative easing just is Keynesianism. (That dare not speak its name.) EVEN the ECB is now a little bit Keynesian. And it's the only reason why we didn't have such a bumpy ride in the US. Because austerity was blunted by longer QE and a (not big enough) stimulus. Poor Europe.

Escape from Mesopotamia (12 000 Years Too Late) (MP3)

My lecture at the architecture, landscape architecture and design conference Atmospheres: Emergence at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, February 6, 2015.

Thanks so much to the people who invited me. In particular, Marcella Eaton: such a nice introduction among many other things!

On Ecological Touching: Knowing (as) Intimacy (MP3)

My lecture at the University of Manitoba. Thanks so much to my host Dana Medoro!

Friday, February 20, 2015


"Either you are a feminist, critical race theorist, postcolonialist.

"Or you talk about nonhumans.

"With us--or against us?"
With all good wishes as ever,
Critical Inquiry

Thursday, February 19, 2015


“Far be it for us to repeat the mistakes of the past. For the sake of avoiding Keynes for the second time since the 1930s, we are ready for Greece to become overrun by Golden Dawn. We have outsourced fascism this time. So that's okay.”


Rubbing Two Sticks Together

...to create a spark, aka meditating. Haha was just reading Irigaray:

Meditation is relating yourself with yourself, and it is also relating yourself with your world. Through the practice of meditation, you are able to synchronize your world and yourself together. Working with the two eventually produces a spark. It is like rubbing two sticks together or striking a flint against a stone to produce a spark. The spark of light you produce is called compassion.   (Chögyam Trungpa)

Gaze at Nothing

Here it comes ladies and gentlemen. On Tibetan lunar new year no less.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brass Monkey Weather

One of my favorite English sayings is, and this is true of Houston today:

"It's so cold it'd freeze the balls off a brass monkey."

I give this to you, people of Earth. Use it wisely.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


This one is for my lovely Scandinavian and Baltic people. Luckily for some, they are here (Jön and Jøga!).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Björk Archives Out Soon

Here is the amazon page, where you can find out about it...the text we wrote is part of it--if you look carefully at the image you'll see it's the life-force yellow (!) one. Comin' out of the third chakra, that is...hahaha....here is Björk's blog entry on it...

Werner Herzog Inspirational Posters

So negative that they are really quite inspiring! Like the prose of Adorno, the Mother Teresa of Marxism...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Losing It

Sometimes it is so very very good to lose it completely, especially with other people.

That happened big time when I heard this being put together in the studio a few months ago.

Then it happened again when the gang played it again. And then again when Arca added what Björk called a “halo” to the strings.

And The Haxan Cloak doing his thing with the beats.

In fact, it was several hours of just losing it.

I personally think those are the best string chords I've ever heard, in the best sequence I've ever heard.  And that's just one layer of why.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Welcome to Houston"

"The most vorhanden city you've ever been in."

Really, there is no need for the Land Use Interpretation people. You can see It all, with your naked eye.

Everywhere the sound of electric saws.

Monday, February 2, 2015

So This Explains Why I'm a Bit of a Nutter

I have to write down what I did this last year, right now. And I find out that I've done 24 essays and 19 lectures, 3 of which were the Welleks. There seem to be 22 Ph.Ds for some reason. And I was director of undergraduate studies. So THAT explains it!

My Sonic Acts Interview

At the Rica Arctic Hotel in Kirkenes. So dry and so cold. And twilight-y. Arie Altena and Lucas van der Velden were good interviewers are you can see.

On My Office Door

Nice one Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Oh Man

I could learn from this:

Grasping is the source of all our problems. Since impermanence to us spells anguish, we grasp on to things desperately, even though all things change. We are terrified of letting go, terrified, in fact, of living at all, since learning to live is learning to let go. And this is the tragedy and the irony of our struggle to hold on: Not only is it impossible, but it brings us the very pain we are seeking to avoid.

The intention behind grasping may not in itself be bad; there’s nothing wrong with the desire to be happy, but what we try to grasp on to is by nature ungraspable.

The Tibetans say that you cannot wash the same dirty hand twice in the same running river, and “no matter how much you squeeze a handful of sand, you will never get oil out of it.” ---Sogyal Rinpoche