Desperate Money: BitConnect And How to Talk About Ponzi Victims

I woke up this morning to the news that BitConnect, a cryptocurrency ‘investment’ platform widely accused of being a Ponzi scheme, had closed. The closure came after regulatory warnings from two U.S. states, but it also seems very reasonable to think the real cause was a liquidity crunch caused by a dramatic drop in the […]

Coming In 2018: Bitcoin, Autonomy, and the Annihilation of Space

In 2018, I will be focusing on a project that has incubated in my mind for years – a book-length consideration of the impacts of technological speed on human existence. A huge amount of work has been done on this subject, by many gifted writers and thinkers. But I have my own two cents to […]

Writers, the Library, and the Persistence of Geography

I’m getting to work on a new book. It’s a book I’ve been thinking about vaguely for a while – a book about, at this early stage, the complex consequences of transportation. I wasn’t able to get seriously down to work on it, though, until I discovered my new favorite thing – the Queens Public […]

Place in Knowledge, Knowledge in Place

“There was no personal or world problem whose solution did not exist in some hexagon.” -Borges, “The Library of Babylon” The 19th century was defined by transportation innovation – the locomotive, the automobile, the airplane. Of course, most of those innovations didn’t reach their full potential until the 20th century, and communication technology, in the […]

Google’s Alphabet Dance and the Inversion of Capitalism

A quick note: I’ll be blogging here more, now that I’ve got some time and headspace after my weird adventure. Hopefully, this’ll become a place not just for contemplating and chronicling post-academic life, but for speculative extensions of the writing I do elsewhere. I’ve been thinking about something for a while, and yesterday’s announcement about […]