The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

“And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture. via The…

Living In These Curated Times

At The Baffler, Thomas Frank looks at the pros and cons and history of what we call “curation.” via Living In These Curated Times — Longreads

Reflections on Trauma

In light of the recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries —the desecration of Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia and the toppling of more than 150 gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri — along with my reminiscing that a year ago today (March 1 as I am writing) I was en route to Jerusalem…

Murmuration

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started. via Murmuration — The Daily Post

Murmuration

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started. via Murmuration — The Daily Post