« Reading nook

The final shadow

Octavio Paz

The final shadow may close my eyes, carry me off from white of day, unchaining my soul at the hour of its anxious obsequious desire. but it will not leave the memory of that other shore where it once burned, for my fire can swim me through the frigid water, regardless of the strictures of law. A soul which once imprisoned an entire God, veins that brought fuel to such flames, marrow that so gloriously burned: they’ll leave this body, but not its cares; ash they’ll be, yet still aware; they will be dust, but dust in love.

Nice to meet you! I'm a writer, reader, and aspiring hermit. I love books and food and plants and theater and I'm fascinated by the beauty and terror of being alive on this planet.

In my past life, I was a founder at various times and a CEO at various times, and I now make a living as co-founder and chief of staff at a web3 startup. I do some coaching and consulting on organizational alignment & leadership occasionally (if that's something you need, you can email me; I have loads of empathy for anyone trying to make a business work).

I invented a celebratory day called Post Day that happens from time to time. Anyone can celebrate! I write letters to books I have loved. I also talk to my books on Twitter, and sometimes they talk back.

I have a mailing list, where I share the occasional update about new things I'm making/trying. If you're interested in digital gardening, I share what I'm reading in my public Roam. I am on Twitter sometimes, or you can email me.

If you like reading about thoughtful business topics, you can read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020. It was the book I needed as a bootstrapping business owner with the heart of an artist, and if that's you, I hope it helps.

Last updated: July 26, 2022