For a while now, I have tried to document in various forms what's going on. Whether in the world at large, in my neighborhood, in culture, and in the work that I do, they are a series of little observations. Typically they are short quips and a link to some story, photo, video or point of view I find poignant for the time. A pithy comment on the commentary without an overarching narrative. It's only after the passage of a few weeks or maybe a month when these far flung and starry thoughts come into view as constellations. Still, it's what I'm seeing rather than what I'm thinking.
So moving forward, I'm going to use this space to turn some of these everyday ongoing cultural observations into obsessions and give them more than 140 characters to breathe.
For me, there's more to unpack in an obsession than in an observation. Obsessions are what capture you. They hold your attention for more than a passing moment and demand further consideration and thought. Obsessions wield power.
It's the book, the article, the movie, the photo, the show, the exhibition, the interview and the iconoclast. It's the song, the artist, the actor and the activist. It's the thing worth pausing for and talking about this week, this month and this moment. It's on trend, or wildly off it. It's timely or timeless.
They are the things I think about when I think about things. They are my current obsessions.