Jenny Odell

‘An ecological understanding allows us to identify “things” – rain, cloud, river – at the same time that it reminds us that these identities are fluid. Even mountains erode, and the ground beneath us moves in giant plates. It reminds us that – while it’s useful to have a word for that thing called a […]

Dogen

‘When you move mountains, rivers and earth, as well as the sun, the moon, and stars to practice, they in return move you to practice. This is not the open eye of just one time, but the vital eye of all times. Because it is all the open eye, the vital eye of all times, […]

Anna Akhmatova

Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold, Death’s great black wing scrapes the air, Misery gnaws to the bone. Why then do we not despair? By day, from the surrounding woods, cherries blow summer into town; at night the deep transparent skies glitter with new galaxies. And the miraculous comes so close to the ruined, dirty houses— […]

San Francisco Summer

We have had some pretty heavy-duty fog these past couple of weeks in San Francisco. It’s par for the course at this time of year, as everyone knows, but we had managed to get through half of July without it being too much of an issue. There is a heavy quality to the fog light […]