The Ariadne Archive

Freya Rohn
Following the threads of hidden history in writing, art, and ideas.
Created 28 Dec 2020
  • On time slips and rugged contingency
    29 Nov 2021 • 14 min read • 6 5
    There was an article in the NYTimes last week about time slips—eerie encounters with places that seem to slip into another time. I spent a morning obsessed with the idea, looking into the stories that...
  • The problem with self-help
    22 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Sleep has always been a challenge for me. So the other night, when I woke around 3 am, it wasn’t unusual. I’ve tried to learn, to find ways to relax, to stop the racing thoughts. I tried for a solid t...
  • Reading + listening
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    A few threads for the end of the week: This discussion of work—particularly the bits around art and non-profit work—and the fallacies of work as vocation. On the need to stop the erasure of the histor...
  • Not over, but interrupted
    15 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 9
    I grew up reading most books I could get a hold of, but I hadn’t really considered reading a lot of poetry until I took a creative writing class in college. I loved the freedom to be found in writing ...
  • The need for anger
    08 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 2
    When I first moved to Alaska—a place my husband is from and wanted to return to—we both were starting new jobs in a new place. His new work took him to western Alaska for a month to do fieldwork. As a...
  • Links
    05 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    A fascinating read on the history of the invisible digital labor of Navajo women in super-conductor factories in the 1960s and 70s. If you aren’t watching Dickinson or haven’t, treat yourself to some ...
  • On the confessions of witches
    01 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 6 8
    Witchcraft was hung, in History, But History and I Find all the Witchcraft that we need Around us, Every Day - —Emily Dickinson My mom is deep into genealogical research most days. It’s not unusual to...
  • Poem: Fall
    25 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 5
    I’m working on something that took a bit more of my time this week, so in lieu of a longer post, I’m sharing a poem I wrote a few years back for the fall leaves. Although I lament that the fall happen...
  • Essay: Actually, it's a rant
    18 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 5
    I wanted to write something this weekend about hidden throughlines—in fashion, in history, in language, in policies—and of how this reifies society’s ideas of gender. But honestly, I’m feeling too pen...
  • Thread: The poetry of Li Qingzhao
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 1
    In Eliot Weinberger’s rather sublime The Ghosts of Birds, there is this one sentence that I keep turning over in my thoughts: The Kabbalists say the world was created with twenty-two letters, which ar...
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