Preparing for Utopia

We just went through an election cycle that many called a brutal one. In my opinion the cycles get more impassioned in order to mask the actuality and dawning of a post-political reality. Politics are always tied to a polis, which historical processes outside of our control are hollowing out as we speak. We are…

Bruges and Blood, Ghent and Grail

( St. Bavo’s Cathedral ) The greatest mysteries remain mysteries. Best-selling literature such as “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” contains ( and purports to explain ) one such mystery. Regardless of its popularity and the supposed solving of the Christological puzzle ( the Grail is just code for Christ’s bloodline ), the mystery…

Delay, Dismay, Delightful Decay

It was my intention to write whole lengths about my trip, a gonzo diary, as I go through Asia. But the impressions and experiences have been of such a nature that pen, paper and keyboard have been too far removed from me, both physically and mentally, to even keep up with that promise I made…

Kowloon-induced ponderings

I am not a pioneer, that much is sure. There have been many of us “gweilo’s” here before. But more than ever in recorded history. Interaction between the East and the West goes back, way back. The Silk Road, mostly an overland network of trade routes to the riches of the Middle Kingdom, was established…