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suboptimalism is an Ambitious Intellectual Project instigated by the theories in its foundational document, “the suboptimalist manifesto”, some scribblings concocted after going "monkmode" in a suffocating library basement for four months. unlike many so-called manifestoes you see around, it is more in the remote-shack-in-the-woods tradition, a full-blown half-baked Philosophy of Life. most of the longer writings on this site build upon suboptimalist themes (or tear down optimalist ones), which may or may not be explicitly acknowledged. unfortunately the suboptimal path is necessarily long and meandering and so this site also features innumerable diversions, dead ends, and dives in the spirit of a late night wikipedia binge into topics as disparate as canned coffee, literature, travels through hyperreality and the Desert of the Real, sound games, internet theory, deep memetics, &c, &c (but do not, i am begging you, read any of my fictions). inevitably, in five years i’ll look back and cringe at everything i’ve done here, and in ten i’ll send assassins back in time to kill my past self to prevent it from being made in the first place (a move that my indefatigable critics will deride as “loopy” and “paradoxical”). so, enjoy it while it lasts!
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  • švejk
  • ignatius j. reilly
  • botchan
  • stephen dedalus
  • bernando soares
  • pechorin
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