Surat Lozowick on Writing

An in-depth look at Chris Anderson’s Free and related theories

(Originally written in late 2010; some sections have been updated or removed.) Table of Contents: 1 Summary of key concepts in Free: The future of a radical price      1.1 Atoms vs. bits      1.2 Value is no longer determined by price … Continue reading

Radical Considerations on Creativity and Originality

In 1974, Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his film “adaption” of Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was to be the story of the illumination of a hero, a people, and a planet, the planet being the Messiah of the Universe, spreading … Continue reading

Art and influences

Early last year, I published a post contrasting two views on art: Seth Godin: Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. […] Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist. … Continue reading

Quotes on writing

A selection from my digital notes, arbitrarily culled from personal reading; citations in footnotes Roger Ebert1: [Sportswriter Bill Lyon] gave me the most useful advice I have ever received as a writer: “One, don’t wait for inspiration, just start the … Continue reading

Important tech writing

Dave Lee: Good technology journalism, important technology journalism, is about the cultural impact; the political ramifications; the state of an industry that we’re essentially relying on to provide much of the West’s economic clout in the future. Many technology writers … Continue reading

The dining experience

Dining and food have always played an important role in my life, especially as I grew up. There was a definite routine to meals in my parents’ house: lunch at 12 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. When I was young, … Continue reading

Meaning

Sharing is fundamental to our relationships. It’s wonderful, it’s powerful, and it’s deeply meaningful. But not all sharing is created equal. Showing a friend an album of baby photos, sitting sunken in an old family couch, is far different from … Continue reading

Monetizing free content

Seth Godin in “The erosion in the paid media pyramid”, on the balance shifting between what he calls free, mass, limited and bespoke content: …there’s a huge sucking sound, and that’s the erosion of mass as part of the media … Continue reading

The contradiction of digital/technological minimalism

Why is digital and technological minimalism such a trend? It’s because computers are inherently excessive. Modern computers are not built to do one thing well, or to do just enough. They are built to do many things, to do more … Continue reading

Disposable Culture

We live in a culture of disposability. Supermarket aisles are lined with disposable cups and plates, with food in disposable packaging, each item with an expiration date, when the food will become disposable as well (what leftovers haven’t already been … Continue reading