The Blog of Innocence was started in 2008 with the motivating desire to write essays andmeditations on a broad spectrum of topics that intimately concerned me. The title of ³Innocence´ is a partial response to Fernando Pessoa¶s
Book of Disquiet
. WhereasPessoa¶s writings center on an imaginative cynicism, I sought to create essays that wouldappeal to just the opposite. The sense I wanted to convey about myself and the world wasa simple questioning and naivety toward material reality and experience. I don¶t go in for any postmodern tricks here, but rather I seek to return to a state where cleverness andsophistication are alien and not very useful to understanding ourselves. I want toexperience
, so I can further discover something.You will see many references to The Blog of Innocence in these essays; this is because the essays were originally posted on my blog. There will be four volumes of essays available as eBooks, each covering a different subject area. This first volume,entitled
Taking off the Mask
, concerns life and culture. The next volume will beconcerned with art. The volume after that will be concerned with technology and the web.And the last volume will be concerned with literature and writing.My sincerest wish is that you take something from these words of mine. Writingis the closest thing to my heart. It is the way I commune with others, and myself.