New Mexico, 2013

Monoliths have been appearing and disappearing in Utah, Romania, California, and the United Kingdom. But there is no mystery or wonder; nearly every event these days feels like a stunt aimed at our screens. If aliens landed, I’d probably mistake them for a guerrilla marketing campaign.

More mysterious are the young men who dismantled one of these metal obelisks and replaced it with a wooden cross while chanting “Christ is king!” and “America first!” According to various reports, they wore night-vision goggles, camouflage outfits, and chugged energy drinks while they broadcasted conspiracies and slurs. These are the new religions and sects the future will bring: internet-rattled zealots with caffeine nerves who confuse politics with faith and are looking for any excuse to outfit themselves in militarized tech.

Cindy Lee – Heavy Metal

What’s Tonight to Eternity | W.25TH / Superior Viaduct, 2020 | Bandcamp
Each night in 2020, I wrote a short post for a series called Notes From the End of a World because I wanted to etch these days into my memory. Before the world changed completely.
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