Morning Skype with one of my most favorite people on earth, living in Capetown. We live in a world where all we have to do is calculate our seven hour time difference correctly (it took a few tries), and then we can talk. Sometimes, still, this seems like magic and not technology.

Her favorite activities include – chewing on my fingers in group photographs:
Leading me into / through psychedelic geographies of all kinds: 41338_638864563141_5758469_n
And changing car wheels with me en route to strange parties held in the mountains, while wearing a head-lamp. 1923362_12194800593_1942_n
My favorite activities include, climbing mountains with her and discovering decapitated yogis at the top: 551132_10151056835529757_584605220_n
Hanging out brazenly on street corners at strange hours, like the reckless hooligans we are: 1917784_112739020801_4297711_n
And drawing totemic animals on her limbs. 418301_941570393231_833483117_n And also, today, morning coffee, with only a laptop screen separating our halves of the planet.

I Move / To Keep Things Whole

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

[Keeping Things Whole - Mark Strand]

From the Times piece about Mark Strand. My other favorite part: “To critics who complained that his poems, with their emphasis on death, despair and dissolution, were too dark, he replied, ‘I find them evenly lit.’”

The Days In Which Bill Gates Calls Me For Advice

It’s hard to be this rich. I’m not gonna lie. It’s like, I wake up. I think of all the things I can buy. I get exhausted, just thinking about the private helicopters and the Italian summer houses and the Swiss ski-chalets and the domed hillside Tibetan meditation-chambers, and the vineyards and the pet slow loris habitats. And then I get up, and it’s like, with this kind of obscene wealth, there comes responsibility. Do I wear the diamond tennis bracelet, or the other diamond tennis bracelet? I don’t know. It’s hard. So then I go back to bed. wealth