Welcome, fellow traveler.
There’s a saying that I’ve read a few times to the effect of: if you want to write well, you must be willing to write badly.
So the benefits for me here are clear. I’m not sure the benefits of reading bad writing are as well documented. Moving on…
This site owes its existence to three key facts:
- I have thoughts sometimes.
- I’m not witty nor disciplined enough do good Twitter.
- I shrewdly purchased ethanalter.com in 2010 before any of the other Ethan Alters out there could stake their claim. And they are out there.
After 10 long years of defensively paying GoDaddy domain fees, I’ve decided to use this plot of Internet to craft my masterpiece (…it’s a work in progress).
Self description has always been agony for me (to write and to read), so for our collective sake, I’ll be brief:
I’ve been tremendously lucky. I think that luck implies some responsibility, maybe even a debt, and I’m working to understand what that responsibility means for me. I think a lot about uncertainty, intuition, and attention. I think that writing is a kind of thinking, and there are buried ideas I’d like to discover that may be best unearthed by writing, even if it’s not great. I like to have multiple beverages on hand, as you can see from the photo above. I have a great and (I suspect) not-so-unique desire to be useful, and it is my hope that you, fellow traveler, find something of use to you here.