I miss fast writing. Not panicked typing, but cautiously frenzied word-crafting after the Sun has set. Unlike at the beginning of lockdown, there is, now, a library I can go to late at night, but I cannot wander it and become as loose as the disparate data and texts I am trying to string together in my work. Back during my undergraduate years, the actual hours spent writing in the library was minimal, too much time was taken up with my neurons digesting themselves into novel illusions to keep me entertained.

I wrote, then, in bursts. Days and days would…


Originally published in Studio Scum Volume 1 zine (STUDIO SCUM, 2019). The views of the author have changed since the original publication, but it is presented here in its original form.

Over two thousand years ago, priests in ancient Babylon watched the skies for messages from the Gods that would foretell trouble for the empire. Over thousands of years, this practice slowly transformed into one of the most popular (and often dreaded) first date questions: “What’s your sign?”

Today, the Instagram astrology meme account notallgeminis has almost double the number of followers than Babylon had citizens. Common answers to astrology’s…


Originally published in the Studio Scum Volume 1 zine (STUDIO SCUM, 2019)

Gilles Deleuze was born in 1925, married translator Denise Paul Grandlouan at age 31, and jumped out of a window in 1995. Often seen as difficult, or even downright impossible, to read, Gilles Deleuze’s work is to be experienced: its obscurity is part of its purpose. Deleuze turns philosophy into a creative act, akin to art or science. Where science creates explanations for why the world took one path over another, philosophy instead creates concepts that engage with and elaborate the many possibilities inherent in the world. …


Originally published in Democracy & Social Media (STUDIO SCUM, 2019)

Your grandma doesn’t understand how the internet works, which is how she ended up sharing a link to that fake article about Pope Francis apparently endorsing Donald Trump. You’re younger, savvy, and don’t fall for bullshit like that. You then go on YouTube, and within a few clicks of mildly political content you’ve got a Canadian professor in your recommendations telling you to eat an absurd all-beef diet. …


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I put all of the forum entries in the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s (2014) The Politics of Ontology forum (https://culanth.org/fieldsights/series/the-politics-of-ontology) into a Markov chain text generator. This is the 1,490 word result.

Ontology provides a patient’s complaints, the otherwise as it “figurates” the signal contributions of Indra’s net is its history and Viveiros de la Cadena 2010.) The interesting divergence here or another, so much we learned the primary school curriculum, and not need for the cosmos and it takes place of Marxist that we cannot be understood outside which “ontology” is fundamentally concerned with “the permanent theoretical revolution wards…

Guerrilla Cosmoi

Thomas Sullivan is an anthropologist of esotericism.

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