Technocomplex, a Substack newsletter

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Essays in the email newsletter range between 1,200 and 3,000 words appearing weekly, except for the summer season, when they switch to bi-weekly. For the most part, the essays touch on the relationship of technology and humans and often explore the material culture of the automobile. I have been known to publish poetry along with records of their drafts, and I am interested in the uses of “arts practices” as a means of stewardship of community and personal well-being.

Students enrolled in my fall seminar at Duke University have the newsletter as a weekly class reading, in addition to other readings and resources.

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Here are some sample essays, chosen randomly:

About Me

I currently am working on three major writing projects. These projects explore ways that technology, broadly conceived, influences culture and society. As part of the focus on these influences, I am involved in a group devoted to studying and promoting “arts practices,” which concretely integrate technologies and human meaning. Broadly educated and formally trained in literature and history, I continue to teach a seminar at Duke University, from which I retired in 2021.

My Substack newsletter, Technocomplex, features essays and podcasts drawn from a wide perspective on society and culture. During fall semesters, the newsletter focuses more intently on how individuals and societies choose, limit, develop, and discard technologies. Get more information and a sampling of links to essays.