Metis-First Editing

From Sam[ ]zdat to Ribbonfarm, one of the ideas underlying much of the criticism of rationalists (and by extension, the modernists) is James C. Scott's concept of metis, advanced in 1998's Seeing Like A State. The idea is grounded in two priors: first, that the world is complicated; second, that the complexity of worldly domains… Continue reading Metis-First Editing

A Conversation With Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is a contributing editor at Ribbonfarm, and published Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide through Nine-Banded Books in 2014. Perry occupies a Gertrude Stein-esque role in the intellectual community of post-rationalism, bringing people together into a salon-like digital space while also producing vitally important work of her own. Perry's writing has dealt with issues ranging from existentialist ethics and… Continue reading A Conversation With Sarah Perry

Text, Telos, and Ritual

I've been set free and I've been bound To the memories of yesterday's clouds I've been set free and I've been bound And now I'm set free I'm set free to find a new illusion — "I'm Set Free," The Velvet Underground “As time goes on... the universe becomes more and more what experience has revealed,… Continue reading Text, Telos, and Ritual

Art As Engineering

A Conversation with Gabriel Duquette and Haley Thurston Gabriel Duquette is a co-founder of Liposuction (tagline “aesthetics without all the fat”). He started the site with Haley Thurston, who studied art at Yale before contributing to Carcinistion and Ribbonfarm (her more casual art writing can be found at The Sublemon). Both are interested primarily in “retro-engineering”… Continue reading Art As Engineering