John Koenig


  • Moment of Tangency: A Glimpse of What Might Have Been

    n. a glimpse of life as it might've been, had you made slightly different choices along the way

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  • Ballagàrraidh: The Awareness That You Are Domesticated

    The story of humanity is a move from the countryside to the big city. But it's happened so fast that a part of you still remembers Eden. That longs to leave your car idling in traffic, and flee into the wilderness. But there's another part of you knows that Eden is a fantasy, and you'll always be floating just above it; trailing clouds of civilization wherever you go.

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  • Anemoia: Nostalgia For A Time You've Never Known

    "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." -L.P. Hartley Looking at old photos, it's hard not to feel a kind of wanderlust-a pang of nostalgia for times you've never experienced. The desire to wade into the blurred-edge sepia haze that hangs in the air between people who leer stoically into this dusty and dangerous future, whose battered shoes are anchors locked fast in the fantasy that none of it risks turning out any other way but the way it happened.

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  • Onism: The Awareness of How Little of the World You'll Experience

    onism - n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people's passwords, each representing one more thing you'll never get to see before you die-and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

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  • Sonder: Everyone Has A Story

    sonder, noun: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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  • The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: for lack of a better world

    Coming this Sunday, October 26: THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS, a web series that defines newly invented words for strangely powerful emotions. New episodes every other Sunday, on TestTube and YouTube.

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