D.T. Pennington

Writer – Photographer – Creative Coach

Tag: essays

  • Arbitrary Authority

    • Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Thoughts and such from the June 7th, 2024 show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. What does it take for a musician to make a decent living in this…

    • Anti Algorithmic

      I also struggle with the whole “scrolling on my phone for too long” thing. I wouldn’t feel guilty about it if I were seeing something noteable or worthwhile. Lately, it…

    • Big Dumb Truck

      The first car I ever bought brand new was a 2013 Tacoma. It was the best truck, the perfect size, and did all the stuff I needed it to do.…

    • The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      “Heaven knows we fly fishers are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish,” writes Yvon Chouinard in Simple Fly Fishing (a…

    • Arbitrary Authority

      An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I…

    • The West Was Always Queer

      The West Was Always Queer

      I’ll be straight with you, it was a lively scene. For those of you who may not yet know, Orville Peck is a bit of a hero in the LGBTQ…

    An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I ain’t dead.” Because when you step back and really think about all of it, nothing really matters. Everything that makes us anxious and in a…

  • Entertained to the Death of It

    Entertained to the Death of It

    • Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Thoughts and such from the June 7th, 2024 show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. What does it take for a musician to make a decent living in this…

    • Anti Algorithmic

      I also struggle with the whole “scrolling on my phone for too long” thing. I wouldn’t feel guilty about it if I were seeing something noteable or worthwhile. Lately, it…

    • Big Dumb Truck

      The first car I ever bought brand new was a 2013 Tacoma. It was the best truck, the perfect size, and did all the stuff I needed it to do.…

    • The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      “Heaven knows we fly fishers are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish,” writes Yvon Chouinard in Simple Fly Fishing (a…

    • Arbitrary Authority

      An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I…

    • The West Was Always Queer

      The West Was Always Queer

      I’ll be straight with you, it was a lively scene. For those of you who may not yet know, Orville Peck is a bit of a hero in the LGBTQ…

    The viewers of Entertainment can’t look away and their bodies rot while they watch TV. Why read a book when you can scroll through Instagram? Why read the history of the news report when the headline gives you just enough to keep up at social hour? Why have a salad when you can get the…

  • Math as a Liberal Art

    Math as a Liberal Art

    • Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Thoughts and such from the June 7th, 2024 show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. What does it take for a musician to make a decent living in this…

    • Anti Algorithmic

      I also struggle with the whole “scrolling on my phone for too long” thing. I wouldn’t feel guilty about it if I were seeing something noteable or worthwhile. Lately, it…

    • Big Dumb Truck

      The first car I ever bought brand new was a 2013 Tacoma. It was the best truck, the perfect size, and did all the stuff I needed it to do.…

    • The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      “Heaven knows we fly fishers are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish,” writes Yvon Chouinard in Simple Fly Fishing (a…

    • Arbitrary Authority

      An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I…

    • The West Was Always Queer

      The West Was Always Queer

      I’ll be straight with you, it was a lively scene. For those of you who may not yet know, Orville Peck is a bit of a hero in the LGBTQ…

    The problem with math – at least with math instruction – is that everything is presented as a problem to be solved, and there is one solution. It wouldn’t be until a seminar on etymology that I started to understand where my mathematical collapse begun.

  • Notes on: The Summer Cold

    Notes on: The Summer Cold

    • Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Thoughts and such from the June 7th, 2024 show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. What does it take for a musician to make a decent living in this…

    • Anti Algorithmic

      I also struggle with the whole “scrolling on my phone for too long” thing. I wouldn’t feel guilty about it if I were seeing something noteable or worthwhile. Lately, it…

    • Big Dumb Truck

      The first car I ever bought brand new was a 2013 Tacoma. It was the best truck, the perfect size, and did all the stuff I needed it to do.…

    • The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      “Heaven knows we fly fishers are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish,” writes Yvon Chouinard in Simple Fly Fishing (a…

    • Arbitrary Authority

      An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I…

    • The West Was Always Queer

      The West Was Always Queer

      I’ll be straight with you, it was a lively scene. For those of you who may not yet know, Orville Peck is a bit of a hero in the LGBTQ…

    The drugs keep me upright and focused. Two parts Dexedrine, five parts dextromethorphan, three parts doxylamine, drink it down with some cold coffee and you’re good for the morning. It is nothing any sane doctor would recommend, but the hours melt away and the words pile up and the little checkmarks on my to-do list…

  • Notes on the Dead Reckoning

    Notes on the Dead Reckoning

    • Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Murder by Death with J. Roddy Walston

      Thoughts and such from the June 7th, 2024 show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. What does it take for a musician to make a decent living in this…

    • Anti Algorithmic

      I also struggle with the whole “scrolling on my phone for too long” thing. I wouldn’t feel guilty about it if I were seeing something noteable or worthwhile. Lately, it…

    • Big Dumb Truck

      The first car I ever bought brand new was a 2013 Tacoma. It was the best truck, the perfect size, and did all the stuff I needed it to do.…

    • The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      The Silly Simplicity of Tenkara fishing.

      “Heaven knows we fly fishers are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish,” writes Yvon Chouinard in Simple Fly Fishing (a…

    • Arbitrary Authority

      An idea I’m working a lot with lately: nothing is real, there is no control. An extension of “only worry about the things you can control” mixed with “well, I…

    • The West Was Always Queer

      The West Was Always Queer

      I’ll be straight with you, it was a lively scene. For those of you who may not yet know, Orville Peck is a bit of a hero in the LGBTQ…

    A decade ago, in a February, I was standing in knee high grass well before dawn on the side of a two-lane highway miles outside of Te Anau waiting for a ride. It is four in the morning and my body is stuck in that hungover moment where I can’t stomach the idea of eating…