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Mid-October Notes: Life hurts and I’m mostly okay with it

  [caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Piet Mondrian liked to depict trees, and was clearly a monster. Who would pare down a tree to this level of abstraction but also impressionistic precision. I just get so angry thinking about it[/caption]   1. Life hurts and I'm mostly okay with it The...

I changed my mind about public speaking

  I used to feel like everybody and their mom wants to be public speaker, like it was this trendy self-promotion-y thing that people were doing. And because I'm a contrarian asshole with an inveterate supriority complex, I used to thumb my nose up at the...

Some impressionistic notes on the role of art

  Increasingly, I think of art as a sublimation and transmutation of everyday cognition and waking experience into something greater and truer, the lifeline that connects us to a metaphysical dimension inhabited by qualities, energy and essences. We are more than our bodies and earthly experiences, we are "in this world...

Masaaki Suzuki

If you were wondering which elderly gentleman Simone is in love with now, allow me to introduce you to one of my idols, Maestro Masaaki Suzuki, organist, harpsichordist and conductor. Not only is he the best looking man on earth with a full head +...

Books: worth the paper they’re printed on?

Here is my new gauge for whether a book is worth the paper it's been printed on, regardless of genre. Does reading it make me feel more loved, understood, awe-filled, and most importantly, more relaxed about trusting life? No matter how trendy, popular, best-selling, no matter...

Screw youth. Older is better.

My friend David says, "you don't necessarily get wiser with age, but you have more data." You see that just because the adrenaline-drunk 24-hour news cycle makes it sound like apocalypse is upon us, it doesn't mean that it is. You learn this over the years. I...

How to do feminism 101

My brother asked me a question. Korean society has a lot of feminist issues. I'm a man, but being your brother, I learned a lot and was able to see things and say, "ooh, this is hella heteronormative; this is super sexist; this is misogyny." But what do you...

Positive success vs. negative success

I think there are two types of success, positive and negative. Positive success is what you can see, what is tangible. Positive success is in your resume, on your bank balance, on your Wikipedia page. the amount of dollars you made the number of people you've served number of...

Silence is a form of passion.

some wonderful thoughts, translated from Korean original 시골의사 박경철의 자기혁명 by yours truly.     It’s easy to think of silence as something passive, but in fact, silence can be an active and dynamic choice. Because silence has existed since before the universe was created, it is different...

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10 things I wish I knew when I started dating

  Here are some truths I learned from dating and watching others date. 1. I have never seen love profit from dishonesty, either of the malicious kind or the well-intentioned 'benign' kind which asks us to mask some part of who we are or what we desire...