John Stokvis

July 30, 2021


The first note I always got in my college playwrighting class was “where’s the conflict?” This makes sense for stories. Stories without conflict lack tension, they don't build to anything, there's no mystery. There's a word for stories with no conflict: "boring." Stories are useful for communication, so it's makes sense that news repor...
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March 18, 2021

Starving on eating menus

Alan Watts was an American philosopher & popularizer of Buddhism and Taoism in the 1960s. I was really into him in my 20s and one thing he talked about that has stuck with me was this phrase: ““We’ve run into a cultural situation where we’ve confused the symbol with the physical reality; the money with the wealth; and the menu with the...
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