Homo Monstrosus

"wild and monstrous humans, unknown groups, and more or less abnormal people"




scraps of poetry and madness: a web log

the elegant rubble: a tumblog

everything is ingredients: collections at are.na


Waiting on Persephone - March 2021


the place

The term "homo monstrosus" was coined by the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, as a wastebasket taxon, intended for those forms of human expression that did not fall under an accepted norm. Of course, Linnaeus meant "human expression" in this case very literally: the physical expression of one's humanity. As opposed to this place, which is something like the digital expression of my humanity. Linnaeus' vast contributions to biology, ecology, and science in general were so significant that he probably deserves better than to be responsible for the name of this place. Then again, we all end up in the wastebasket eventually. Some of us started out here.

Oh well, we can’t pick our legacies, can we Carl?

I want a space of one's own on the internet, where I can do as much and as little as I want. Where I can tinker and play. This is part workshop, part garden, part gallery, part archive. It's for no-one but me and for anyone who finds it. This is the culmination of a life spent thinking about how to exist on the internet. Now it's about time I start actually doing it.

Brick by brick, I'm building my cathedral. Ever-changing, I hope. I'll try to keep track of everything. Because that's what this is all about, I guess: keeping track of what I've done. Of what I will do. Of what I'm doing.

May I more often be doing.

This version established Spring 2021. But what is time these days, anyway?

the author

I like making things with words and symbols.

Living in Colorado. Finding my way in this world, and others.