Adventure Time

I gaze at the screen of my phone and see interesting people in interesting places. The beautiful vistas and situations might as well be department store window displays populated with carefully dressed mannequins, staring back at me from the other side of the glass. This is tragic. I am on the dusty sidewalk—the real world—staring into a simulacrum. Continue reading “Adventure Time”

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A Portrait of a Beautiful Rebel

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A review of One Breath by Adam Skolnick.

Social media provides access to a constantly updated news feed. Long gone are the days of channel surfing, we simply use our index finger to scroll through a never ending, glowing ribbon of information, tailored to our specific interests. A side effect of our realtime media culture is the belief that we are fully informed about our interests. One interest dear to me is freediving — the art of underwater diving that relies on the diver’s ability to hold their breath rather than the use of breathing devices. Continue reading “A Portrait of a Beautiful Rebel”

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The Age of Plastic

Plastic coffee cup lid photographed by the author off Fairy Bower Beach.
Plastic coffee cup lid photographed by the author off Fairy Bower Beach.

“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far”
– The Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star

Beneath the waters of Fairy Bower Beach, my attention is captured by a gently pulsating, white orb. It hovers just above the sandy bottom. The presence of this object elicits a strange sense of disquiet in me. What is it? My curiosity must be appeased and I cautiously swim down towards the circular entity. The refracted light of the noonday sun limns an explanation for me. Continue reading “The Age of Plastic”

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