Archive for February, 2017

Attacking Convention With Drunken Discourse

*Maybe don’t read this article. The gist of it can be summed up as a critique of modern consumerism, and a frustrated attempt to discuss alternative economic systems. A more important theme is related through challenging the status-quo. This is a habit endorsed for its individual benefits, and regarded as crucial for collective world reform. […]

Madness & Haze

Haze was an abstract concept to me before I flew into Singapore. To be in a haze referred to a lack of mental clarity. Haze was a temporary condition suffered by mad Westerners before they’d had their morning coffee. It wasn’t an encroaching menace. It wasn’t even tangible. But in Singapore, to be in a […]

Why Do I Travel?

This one’s for you Kelsey.  Better late than never. An old friend once asked me why I choose to travel. If I could answer her now, I’d say ‘To tell a better story.’ From March 4th, 2015: In a letter to Kelsey: “An ongoing mission of mine is to answer the question, in as many […]

The Search for Stuck

Life was easy, but living was difficult. The fifth vertebrate in the lumbar region of my spine was herniated… again.  Simply put, my back was broken. The interrupted sleep was the worst of it.  Slumber was shallow and brief, and felt like a chore. Comfort was a physical impossibility. Nights were chopped into three-hour segments, […]

What Breaks the Camel’s Back

It all started with a sip of orange juice. The wonder of international travel is enjoyed even by microscopic organisms. If they could, bacteria would rejoice about the proliferation of intercontinental flights. These days they can spread overseas within the bodies of humans hurtling through the skies. One strain hitching a ride inside a British […]

Just Another Thing

Hilariously powerless, but eminently free. This was a stark realization of mine on Australia day, 2017. I often think and speak about great change in the world as if I play any role in enacting it. The plain reality is that I don’t. Not now. Not while I’m living so rootlessly. All I can do […]

The Goobers of Hervey Bay

*A bit of throwback, awkwardly timed, but the longer I wait the worse it gets. Jump to mid-June, 2015, and my final days in Byron Bay. I remember Byron Bay fondly despite how poisoned I was when leaving. I loved the bush in which I lived: the haven of lush jungle atop gentle white dunes. […]

The 2nd Veil

“The people of your culture cling with fanatical tenacity to the specialness of man. They want desperately to perceive a vast gulf between man and the rest of creation. This mythology of human superiority justifies their doing whatever they please with the world… …But in the end this mythology is not deeply satisfying. The Takers […]