Note — Jan 24, 2021

Find Something to Hide as Soon as Aossible; an Interview with Anne Boyer

Seems it’s poetry week around here, while Amanda Gorman grabbed hearts and attention in Washington this week, the above is an interview with Anne Boyer who’s as eloquent and clear-sighted with her comments on the ultra-rich, public mourning, data, the organization of society, and our work lives.

This is the “get worse” part. The ultra-rich are behaving like the ultra-rich, plundering the future, grabbing up the trillions in “quantitative easing” that the Fed printed, devouring real estate with an eye on future rents, using bail out money for stock buybacks, and amassing nearly inconceivable gains since March. […]

Another start might be understanding “data” in its physicality, denying it its aura of eternity. We should know where the data centers are located, what they look like, who owns them, where and how they get power, how and by whom they were made, who maintains them, who guards them, how they might someday decay or be destroyed. […]

But we are not things. The whole process depends on a soulless world in order to become totalizing, complete. There is no such thing as a soulless world. Whatever you forgot to sell, whatever couldn’t be consumed or debased, whatever hides away, whatever can never be ground up into sellable particles of metadata, whatever exists in the relation of love against the relation of profit, whatever refuses a brand: this is the soul, the organ of refusal.