As tempted as we are to unleash one of Haitian artist Kettly Noël’s zombies (see Oct. 16) to avenge the racist president for his ‘shit hole’ countries remark, instead we want to take you back to those 30 minutes in Hawaii on Saturday morning, when islanders were reacting in horror to the message announcing an […]

We have spent the last week imagining what it would have been like to have been flies on the wall of Michael Wolff’s first days inside the White House. If we were able to use some form of time-travel-metamorphosis machine to transport and transform ourselves, through time and space, we wish we were there at […]

Happy New Year from Minus Plato! As promised in our final post of last year – following our year-long project of daily posts (‘Minus Plato Today’) – we will be now posting on a weekly schedule (every Monday). In each of these weekly posts we will develop a triple-action process of return, reform and refresh. […]

This post is a belated birthday gift to my friend and collaborator, Dani (Leventhal) Restack. I feel privileged to know her, have her so close to me in my life and to have worked with her projects that have always taught me something new. Together we have explored connections between writing and drawing (Rough Draft), […]

This is my last Sunday of ‘Minus Plato Today’ and, typically, it is the hardest day to squeeze in a post. As with today, I usually have less than an hour to write, and so I often post something suggestive and less fleshed-out than on other days. While many Minus Plato posts are the result […]

Birds flying high you know how I feel – Nina Simone “Feeling Good” Why you wanna fly Blackbird You ain’t ever gonna fly Why you wanna fly Blackbird You ain’t ever gonna fly – Nina Simone, “Blackbird” The tension between the bird’s desire to fly and the failure of its flight in Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling […]

Imagine it is the morning of November 17th, 1978. George Steiner was visiting Oxford University, conducting research for his book Antigones, which he would publish six years later. He is sitting down to breakfast with the other dons, leafing through the days newspapers. He picks up a copy of that day’s Oxford Mail, and as […]