Background in American Studies, Columbia University. Blogosphere > academia; Game B > Game A. Some writing under the project name Spilled Reality.
Manet > Monet; SMiLE > Sgt. Pepper's; ethnomethodology > social psych. William James and John Dewey over the analytic tradition any day.
Current research interests: aesthetics, strategy, the inexact sciences (?), post-rationalism (?), metacriticism, fashion, literature, conceptual engineering, microsociology, predictive processing, American pragmatism, signaling theory & symbolic capital.
I run a small, not-for-profit press called Not Nothing ທ with my partner Nicole Kaack. The press aims to bring together thinking from IRL and URL spaces. We've published work by Sarah Perry, AJ Stoughton, Peli Grietzer, and Gwern. Sign up for the mailing list here.
I ran a digital roundtable series for the Are.na blog, focusing on the state and future of the Web. Interviewees included Drew Austin of Kneeling Bus, sociologist Jenny L. Davis of ANU, and Grant Wythoff, Visiting Fellow at Penn State University.
SRIG, a project with neural networks where pictures I take are replaced by algorithmically similar images.
Duos, a collection of melodic echoes.
Energy Flash, a partial history of dance loosely inspired by the Simon Reynolds book.
I'll Believe In Anything: highlights from the oughts indie revival.
Pangers: highlights from '00s and '10s Top 40. Bangers with a melancholic underbelly.
A.M. Radio Prom for late-night jams (Blue Nile, Roxy, The Cars).
Notes on the Inexact Sciences. On the rigorizing pipeline & formal wilderness.
Transfer Phenomena & Two-Person Languages. Ever notice how novels' narrators get stuck in your head?
Positional Pricing, Positional Leverage. A simplified re-frame of the "Discursive Games" piece.
Oh, Barry. On PTA's Punch-Drunk Love.
Selection Games. On dating, job apps, fencing vs. swordfighting, and police departments.
Discursive Games, Discursive Warfare. Why literalism fails to understand public discourse.
Epistemic Strategies, pt. 1. Manipulate others' epistemic states by misrepresenting your own.
Letter to Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro. Honor culture isn't dead; its form has just changed.
The Surrogation Matrix. On incentive structures and spirit vs. letter.
From Measurement to Degeneration. How did sports go from referees to flopping?
2020: Year in Review. Publication overview.
The Revolution in Philosophy You've Never Heard Of. On conceptual engineering (for LW).
Kaitlin Phillips as Poplit. On lifestyle, personality, and glamour as genre.
The Dark Miracle of Optics. On deception, signaling, and fashion.
Institutional Myth in Contemporary Art. Zones of sacredness, language of morality.
The Telephone Effect & Reciprocity of Perspectives. How good ideas get watered-down.
Wait, What? Sense-Making, Sense-Breaking in Modern Art. Steelmanning the avant surprisal project.
Wasting Our Time. On psychoanalysis and predictive processing.
Otessa. On Otessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest & Relaxation, and the concepts of object and subjecthood.
Divided Minds. On Philip K. Dick, schizophrenia, paranoia, and the writing of D.C. Barker.
Valerie, No. On Elvia Wilk's Oval.
Oscillation / Fashion (Suspended Reason, July 19 2018)
New Fiction is Psychic Occupation (Suspended Reason, April 1 2018)
Predictive Processing & Art as Cognitive Remodeling (Suspended Reason, March 27 2018)
Backgrounding Techniques in Cinema and Literature (Suspended Reason, February 17 2018)
"Another Green World" (Ribbonfarm, March 9 2017)
Post-Ritual Space: Berghain (Suspended Reason, Dec 23 2016)
Ulysses, Wilde, and a Theory of Literary Compression (Suspended Reason, November 7 2016)
Generic Fitness (Suspended Reason, July 2016)
Every Little Star (Suspended Reason, May 2016)
Regarding Rockism Parts Two & Three: The Rise of Poptimism and The New Rockism (Rare Candy Mag, January 28 2016)
Regarding Rockism Part One: Black Truths and Noble Savages (Rare Candy Mag, November 22 2015)
Review of Bodega Bay: "Our Brand Could Be Your Life" (Rare Candy Mag, August 31 2015)
Review of Miguel Gallego: "Every Dog Has Zir Day" (Rare Candy Mag, April 7 2015)
Letter.Wiki, July 2021with CC on the meaning of "meaning." (1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
TIS, March 2021with Jonathan Livengood, on contemporary philosophy
LessWrong, July 1 2020with Peli Grietzer on Amerikkkkka
Suspended Reason, May 21 2019with A D Jameson, part II
Suspended Reason, April 5 2018with A D Jameson Part I
Suspended Reason, April 3 2018with Sarah Perry
Suspended Reason, December 30 2017with Bodega Bay
Rare Candy, May 1 2015