Suspended Reason

Suspended Reason. BA fr Columbia University in American Studies. Some writing under the project names Spilled Reality.

Previously worked at Consortia and Minor involvement in Gugg's Countryside exhibit. Manet > Monet; SMiLE > Sgt. Pepper's.

Currently working in: Aesthetics, strategy, the inexact sciences, post-rationalism (?), metacriticism, fashion, literature, conceptual engineering, microsociology, predictive processing, pragmatism, signaling theory & Pierre Bourdieu.

As Wojnarowicz, Spilled Reality, @ suspendedreason.


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.


Pfeilstorch is a community centered around working on problems in the inexact sciences—from philosophy of language to microsociology to institutional theory. We're interested in the rigorizing pipeline from philosophy to science.



One of my ongoing research interests is aesthetic and literary theory. Since 2017 I've been steadily working towards a predictive processing model of aesthetics:

On-going research channels. Full profile.

I ran a digital roundtable series for the 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.

Wikipedia Contributed Pages

Troy Conrad Therrien

Venkatesh Rao

Neglected Side Projects

SRIG, a project with neural networks where pictures I take are replaced by algorithmically similar images.




The Surrogation Matrix. On incentive structures and spirit vs. letter

From Measurement to Degeneration. How did sports go from referees to flopping?

The Dark Miracle of Optics. On deception, signaling, and fashion.

Kaitlin Phillips as Poplit. On lifestyle, personality, and glamour as genre.

Wasting Our Time. On psychoanalysis and predictive processing.

Divided Minds. On Philip K. Dick, schizophrenia, paranoia, and the writing of D.C. Barker.

Otessa. On Otessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest & Relaxation, and the concepts of object and subjecthood.


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 Magazine, January 28 2016)

Regarding Rockism Part One: Black Truths and Noble Savages (Rare Candy Magazine, November 22 2015)

Bodega Bay: Our Brand Could Be Your Life (Rare Candy Magazine, August 31 2015)

Miguel Gallego: Every Dog Has Zir Day (Rare Candy Magazine, April 7 2015)


Written: The Color Purple (2020, excerpt); La Vento (2017)

Edited: Sarah Perry, Anthology; Art (That) Works


with Jonathan Livengood, on contemporary philosophy

LessWrong, July 1 2020

with Peli Grietzer on Amerikkkkka

Suspended Reason, May 21 2019

with A D Jameson, part II

Suspended Reason, April 5 2018

with A D Jameson Part I

Suspended Reason, April 3 2018

with Sarah Perry

Suspended Reason, December 30 2017

with Bodega Bay

Rare Candy, May 1 2015