Renew III by Mariko Mori

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Stealing Back Our Own Heart:
An Interview with Tony Vigorito

Ultimately, I think the pursuit of love represents an attempt to steal back our own heart, a heart that has been colonized and vastly diminished by social structures that imply that each of us is in this life alone and can therefore only count on one's lonesome little self. Overcoming this “frozen lake of lovelessness”—as Dante termed the lowest level of his Inferno—requires a form of courage known only to pirates and other pranksters willing to explore outside the narrow confines of the social.

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Always Wear Your Bicycle Helmet:
An Interview with Tony Vigorito

On a perfect morning some years ago, exactly just a couple of days before my first novel, Just a Couple of Days, was to be released, I was preparing to ride my bicycle. On my way out the door—and as I had no consistent habit around wearing my helmet—I thought it might be nice to ride without it that fine day, to feel the wind in my hair, to whiz unencumbered through the atmosphere. I paused at my door for tangible seconds, considering, before deciding that I ought to wear my helmet. Minutes later I collided head first into a car at an intersection.

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Unleashing the Ineffable:
An Interview with Tony Vigorito

Human life has long felt to me like a carnival of distractions vying for our attention, as if attention itself is some form of universal currency out of which reality is constructed (indeed, perhaps this is why we say “pay attention…”). The game, it seems, is to fool us into identifying with any number of external identity illusions that seek to harness our attention, for once we confuse our selves with what our social world tells us that we are, it becomes tremendously easy to compel our participation in any number of palpatine projects that don’t have our best interests at heart, not even remotely. This is a tremendous diminution of human potential—quite like convincing the sun that it’s a candle—for we are each of us far more intelligent than we have ever been led to believe.

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