James A. Reeves

James A. Reeves is a writer and educator whose fiction and essays examine dignity, beauty, and myth in the digital age. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image and philosophy. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, explores the mythology of the city. Since 2004, he has taught courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. After the death of his parents, he began researching and writing about grief, and he recently collaborated with the artist Candy Chang on a mural in Greece called Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed.

Notes from James A. Reeves

The Stellar Sphere

As I sought out the belt of Orion, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the desire to know the language of constellations and the location of celestial bodies.

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Dying Together

Drawing upon Socrates’s belief that “the philosopher makes dying his profession” and Montaigne’s proposition that “to philosophize is to learn to die,” Scranton suggests we are living in a uniquely philosophical moment, for now we must learn to die “not as individuals, but as a civilization.”

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