Forms of Meditation That Are Not Mediation: Lessons from New York

A character in Jonathan Letham’s Motherless Brooklyn describes mediation as sitting and thinking about nothing without falling asleep. Awake is a higher form of consciousness than asleep, but thinking about nothing is a challenge. I have attempted it on the metro and each time ended in failure; like an infant in a car or an elevator,Continue reading “Forms of Meditation That Are Not Mediation: Lessons from New York”

“Look up for once. See just how the sun sets in the sky”

The other week I was talking with a student about how forms of transport shape our thinking when I said that I was coming to the conclusion that the only way off the island of Montreal was by plane. My student’s surprise at this statement was understandable as we were on the eleventh floor ofContinue reading ““Look up for once. See just how the sun sets in the sky””

Parisian Elegance, or How To Sell With Rats

On a recent trip to Paris, my phone was stolen, depriving me not only of my photographs but also my pruneaux en armangac at Louis-Phillipe. They were exchanged for a trip to the Commissariat de la Police in the cinquiéme. As consolation my old phone yielded up this delightful proof of the enduring French artContinue reading “Parisian Elegance, or How To Sell With Rats”