I didn’t have any ideas. I just had a process. But I enjoyed the process.

David Gatten with what might be the simplest way to cure “artist’s block.”


This was written on September 12, 2001, and, in my opinion, has yet to be surpassed — it’s the ultimate cold shower for those moments when, caught up in the rush of current events, we sit down to pen our “what is to be done” essays.

Of course the World Trade Center bombings are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. However, we must also consider if this is not also a lesson to us all; a lesson that my political views are correct. Although what is done can never be undone, the fact remains that if the world were organised according to my political views, this tragedy would never have happened.

Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics


Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Einstein, apparently

Kafka shreds

“Alas,” said the mouse, “the world gets smaller every day. At first it was so wide that I ran along and was happy to see walls appearing to my right and left, but these high walls converged so quickly that I’m already in the last room, and there in the corner is the trap into which I must run.”

“But you’ve only got to run the other way,” said the cat, and ate it up.

A Little Fable