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In his novella "Bartleby, the Scrivener", widely considered one of the finest works of American literature, Herman Melville tells a story of a lawyer who hires the "incurably forlorn" Bartleby as a clerk in his small firm. Silent and enigmatic, Bartleby performs well at first. One day, however, when requested by his employer to assist with some routine proofreading, he declines, using his famous phrase...

"I would prefer not to."

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

 

Herman Melville

Experiment in subtraction

The importance of just be.

The ethics of care and maintenance.

The practice of doing nothing.

The design of nothing.

Image by Genessa Panainte

You create the context

 

Subtle and meaningful. A place to get away from everything. Tools and practices to access parts of ourselves that need attention, to let your own intricacies and contradictions unfold.