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An email discussion with E. regarding my post about Inverted Empathy.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Hi, Jim. Could you elaborate further on the " inverted empathy "? I came across your model before by chance, and in the process of looking up when empaths clash, I came across this again and believe this occurred. And could possibly be occurring in another respect? Not sure. Specifically, if you have anything on healing from an act of inverted empathy it is appreciated. Or something that you might find helpful.Thank you so much for any insights or thoughts you might have. E. Hi E., I’ve been pondering your email for a while and I will try [...] read more

Jim Solo In Isolation Week 6 - 5pm EDT Saturday, April 25, 2020 on YouTube Live

Thursday, April 23, 2020

SHOW LINK - join in at 5pm EDT Saturday, April 25. (I do a sound test 5 mins early) https://youtu.be/I8D6al5TnyI I will be doing my 6th Solo In Isolation show from my sofa live on YouTube this Saturday at 5pm EDT. You can send requests to @jiminfantino on twitter or to me on facebook https://facebook.com/jinfantino/ Because this is a live show, I will archive each show after 1 week of playing them. Subscribe to the Jim's Big Ego YouTube Channel to get more information: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimsbigego 25% of all tips from Ko-fi and Venmo will go to the Passim [...] read more

Jim Solo In Isolation Week 5 - 5pm EST Saturday, April 18, 2020 on YouTube Live

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

SHOW LINK - join in at 5pm EST Saturday, April 18. (I test a little 5 mins early) https://youtu.be/Jp1tD8rPx3A I will be doing my 5th Solo In Isolation show from my sofa live on YouTube this Saturday at 5pm EST. You can send requests to @jiminfantino on twitter or to me on facebook https://facebook.com/jinfantino/ Subscribe to the Jim's Big Ego YouTube Channel to get more information: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimsbigego 25% of all tips from Ko-fi and Venmo will go to the Passim Emergency Artist Releaf Fund https://passim.org/pearfund/ The shows run about an hour and I plan to have an after-party [...] read more

A short story of mine has been included in an anthology about Plagues

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Thank you to E.G. Stone for putting this great anthology together. I was honored to be considered as a contributor to this timely book. It's available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. [...] read more

Solo In Isolation Weekly shows Saturday at 5pm EST

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I've been doing remote shows on YouTube Live each Saturday while we are all on lockdown. They are fun. They will be on the Jim's Big Ego YouTube channel if you want to subscribe. Next week's show is at https://youtu.be/RcY4lC0WgXg I've been playing lots of really old songs (deep cuts is a good term) on these by request. You can request songs on twitter or facebook and I will play them if I can. The shows run about an hour and I plan to have an after party this time on Zoom. [...] read more

Thexting is arriving in a primitive form earlier than expected by me in my novel

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This is why it's so hard to be a speculative fiction writer. Some things surprise you. The arrival of this technology is not completely surprising because it still has a long way to go before it's like the thexting in The Wakeful Wanderer's Guide but it has a timely start, a bit like the mention of SumoTech in an early chapter of the book. The embed code from mashable is a little destructive here so here is an image and a link to the article. I love the name. [...] read more

This is what I was picturing when I wrote my novel:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

I love these homes! I want one! They are small, tornado resistant, printed and beautiful. Not good for hoarding lots of stuff assuredly. A home of the new future. Thank you to Dar Williams for this link. I imagined windows on the side originally, but realized later that the interconnected didn't need them. In book two I describe a city made of these sorts of structures. Working hard on that novel now. Follow my progress on Wattpad and support my work on Patreon . [...] read more

Preview of a chapter from book2 in the Wakeful Wanderer Series now available online as an audio chapter

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thank you so much to Sarah Lipton for her reading of this chapter and to Lee Purcell for publishing it. There is one spoiler in this chapter which is an origin story about a very minor character in Book 1. The spoiler is about a more major character, but I don't think (I hope) it doesn't give away anything terrible. Enjoy! [...] read more

Not-mom

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

I've been putting off writing about this for decades. In 1986 and 1987 I helped to run a discussion group at Haverford College called A Dialog About Men . Part of our mission was to try to get to the root of male sexual violence through exploring the conditions in ourselves that may or may not exist in all men. It was awkward and fascinating. We started as an open group, but most of the people who showed up were women. The men clammed up. Then we made it a men-only group. That did not go over well, [...] read more

Discussion with David regarding The Wakeful Wanderer (continued)

Monday, August 27, 2018

My comments are indented First, I want to know more about First Nation - can you point me to some information? I brought it up because the most interesting chapters in the book I recommended by Colin Woodward on the Eleven Nations of North America pretty much begins and ends with them. The original settlers in Quebec had the fairest system of integrating Native Americans. The final chapter in his book talks about First Nation being the best hope for the future. I also thought that you book could deal with that very strange boundary of USA and [...] read more

Part of an email conversation with my friend David regarding some ideas in my novel.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

This is excerpted. David's comments are indented. I cannot tell whether you are describing a utopia or dystopia (though the tension or differences between the Interconnected and Xombies are a major theme). Perhaps you are evading that specific question and only giving hints in order to let the reader decide for him or herself, which is probably exactly what you intended. Scenes where you present technological and cultural conflict are among the best. Perhaps the most enjoyable scene for me was when Marto was in the café that forbid thexting and had a conversation with the owner (Zeke?). [...] read more

Models: a subjective observation of how thinking works

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The following is based on my subjective experience. The above sentence is redundant. One of the things that happens when you meditate is that you become aware of your thoughts. When I was starting out, I was convinced that I was having too many of them and I should work harder to make sure I had no thoughts at all while sitting in silence. That is not only pointless, it's probably impossible. So, I gradually learned to live with my thinking on the meditation cushion, and slowly I began to simply notice my thoughts as they came up. [...] read more

Inverted Empathy

Monday, April 9, 2018

The following is a model. That means it is a way of thinking about a situation, but it is purely an idea, tested only logically. If it works as a model, it may be useful. If not, it can be discarded. Philosophy works this way. Models. More on models later. The term "Inverted Empathy" is imperfect. I welcome your ideas. Here is how it works: Bob has done Dan a serious wrong. Dan may or may not be aware of this. Bob uses his natural empathic abilities to imagine how he would feel if the same wrong were [...] read more

It's time to disrupt money

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The following are a series of tweets I found myself writing after the Senate's rushed passage of the Financial Redistribution Bill aka The Tax Reform Bill. It's time to disrupt money. I know what you’re thinking - how much funding can we get for that? Yeah, none. No funding. What would that look like? Or maybe you’re thinking - we already have crypto currencies. Money is disrupted already. No, that’s just digital money. Not a true disruption. Real disruption keeps in place the benefits of the thing it disrupts while blowing away inefficiencies. In the case of the [...] read more

How I write (prose)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I've been asked twice this week about my writing method. I'm taking the liberty to share my process with you, knowing that it is not the normal way writers are told to write in writing workshops and in blogs. I think the main guiding principle for me grew out of my method for writing songs. Songwriting relies very strongly on inspiration . The word comes from the latin inspiratio . The source of inspiration is thought of as being mysterious, ie: the breath of the gods. I don't know where it actually comes from, but I know it [...] read more

The Wakeful Wanderer's Guide has won a Watty!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Wakeful Wanderer's Guide to New New England & Beyond has been declared a winner in the largest global online writing contest in the world. I am thrilled. It was in the category "New Comers" which is apropos since it is my very first attempt at a Novel. I am still editing it, but this is a very welcome bit of reassurance that I can indeed write. You can still read the whole thing online at Wattpad. [...] read more

Infantino Street

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Uncle Carmine drew and designed the comic book character we now know as The Flash. To put a fine point on it, he redesigned the original flash - which had a helmet (Jay Garrick drawn by Harry Lampert in 1940) into the Flash with a hood-mask (Barry Allen) and the new lightning logo in a circle we all know. I think this happened in the 1960s, but it was near to the start of the Silver Age of comic book characters, as opposed to the Golden Age which preceeded it. He passed away a few years ago, [...] read more

I got a question regarding the Ballad of Barry Allen.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

His question: Hello Jim Infantino, I was listening to your song "The Ballad of Barry Allen" and its a really enjoyable song, but very sad at the same time. I was hoping if you could explain the flash alittle more for me. In the song, it says things like "I've got time to think about my past as I dodge between the bullets how my life was so exciting before I got this way " and also " How I wish I'd never gone into my lab to experiment that night before lightning flashed around me". It seems [...] read more

My music is featured as a theme for this awesome new podcast.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Friend Sarah Lipton has launched the first episode of her new podcast Genuine. The episode starts with an instrumental version of my song "Habits And Plans" from our album Stay. The podcast is launching from Patreon.com - and is available right away with a subscription to support it. You can get access for as little as $1 per month. I think these micro-patron models are particularly powerful, because we can help bring about advertising free content for new creators who are doing something awesome. This episode will go public for non-subscribers April 30. Click here to become [...] read more

Wait. I'm writing a novel?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I got a brainstorm 5 years ago and it would not let me go. I have to write this novel to be free of it. So yes. I am now writing a book. The working title is The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to New New England and Beyond. Marto can read the thoughts of everyone around him and they can read his thoughts as well. The people of his generation send messages not with their phones but with their minds. Their technological telepathy accelerates social interactions, eliminating the need for speech, money, property, family and travel. In the aftermath [...] read more

Before and After Silence

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I am working on a new project in my office called "Before and After Silence" - those who are fans of Brian Eno will get this title right away. It involves documenting a year of office sitting via haiku. I will be publishing the haikus here in advance of a possible publication at the end of the year. [...] read more