Quarantine Baking and my Master Sourdough Recipe

Near the beginning of coronavirus quarantine, I was invited to write a piece for Rapid Growth about baking bread while stuck at home. The essay includes my master sourdough bread recipe. It was first published on March 31, 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic is here and suddenly we’re all spending a lot of time at home.Continue reading “Quarantine Baking and my Master Sourdough Recipe”

Procedurally-Generated Adventurers

My favorite pen and paper roleplaying game is Dungeon Crawl Classics. It’s similar to Dungeons & Dragons, but combines the mechanics and ease of play of recent versions of D&D with the artwork style, reliance on random tables, and story flavor of old school D&D from the 70’s. Compared to contemporary vanilla D&D, it’s funnier,Continue reading “Procedurally-Generated Adventurers”

Art is a Waiting Room – thoughts on documenta 14

Last month I attended the professional preview of documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. The venerated, uber-important exhibition happens only once every five years in an otherwise unremarkable town. This year the artistic director Adam Szymczyk decided to split the exhibition between Kassel and Athens. There have been a lot of reviews published already, and IContinue reading “Art is a Waiting Room – thoughts on documenta 14”

Some Thoughts on ArtPrize in a New Political Reality

(image: Dewitt Godfrey) This is a blog post about ArtPrize, money, and politics. In the past I haven’t addressed these things with this level of clarity, but now is not a time for silence. We put out a statement on the ArtPrize blog about recent political developments (read it here), but I thought I’d addContinue reading “Some Thoughts on ArtPrize in a New Political Reality”

Consciousness Emerges from the Archive: Dwarves, Twitter Bots, and an Infinite Library

In 1941, Argentinian writer Jorge Louis Borges published a short story called The Library of Babel. The piece describes an infinite library full of chambers of uniform bookshelves with books that contain every possible combination of letters, and therefore every possible book. The Library of Babel is a work of literature that predates both theContinue reading “Consciousness Emerges from the Archive: Dwarves, Twitter Bots, and an Infinite Library”

Some thoughts on death, loss, and 2016

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a year of loss and death. The news of Carrie Fischer’s passing really drove the point home for me. When I heard the news, I thought back to April, when Prince died. To be honest I’ve never been a very big fan of Prince. I learnedContinue reading “Some thoughts on death, loss, and 2016”

Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2016

It’s time again for my annual roundup of the best art I saw this year. Or put another way, here are a bunch of things I should have already written about, but I’m making myself do it now. These are listed in the order in which I saw them. 1. Carlos Bunga, Theaster Gates, andContinue reading “Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2016”