In Defence of Stephen Mitchell (and ourselves)

Since the recent publication of our version of the Tao Te Ching, I’ve been self-consciously eyeing up many of the other versions that are available next to ours in the Kindle Store. Comparing the actual wordings of these other versions to our own has been enjoyable, but I’ve also spent some time exploring the reviews … Continue reading

Indicator Indicator

A good friend of ours has just released an album that deserves your attention. Here’s a free sample, in the form of a YouTube video created entirely by commissioning footage through (sounds real nice on headphones): Here’s another great video wherein he grows a glorious beard in four minutes: The self titled EP is … Continue reading

I will sell you our translation of the Tao Te Ching

When we first started posting on this site, our primary focus was an ongoing project to translate the Tao Te Ching into our own words. We published 1 chapter a week for 81 weeks, and we like to think we did a pretty good job. This translation can still be found here. Lately, however, our … Continue reading

How (Not) to Publish Your Novel

Note: The following is a tongue-in-cheek description of my experiences trying to sell a novel. Please don’t take it for more than it’s worth or let it depress you. Congratulations on finishing your first novel. Please take the time savour the initial rush of joy that comes with placing the final period at the end … Continue reading

Alva Noë somehow made his book better by commenting on my review of it…

Several months ago, I posted an article titled “Horribly disappointed by a really good book,” in which I reviewed Alva Noë’s book Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. In retrospect, it was a strange review, fraught with all the mixed feelings hinted at … Continue reading