Anti-Mimetic is an exploration of our mimetic (imitative) culture and how to live well within it.

This newsletter started out as a supplement to my book Wanting, an introduction to the ideas of René Girard—namely, mimetic desire. It has evolved into a more general publication about what it means to be human in an increasingly chaotic and confusing world.

I’m a veteran entrepreneur who, after attending NYU Stern and making my way through Wall Street and the start-up world, felt that something was missing. I desired something that transcended the world of work (and life) as I knew it, but I was trapped playing the same mimetic games as everyone else.

I wanted to understand human desire—most of all my own—and how we may go about building companies and families and schools and lives that bring out the best in people, not the worst. I immersed myself in philosophy, theology, and classical literature for many years. This newsletter is about some of the things I’ve learned, and still learning.


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Luke Burgis 
Author of "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life." I write about the intersection of Athens, Jerusalem, and Silicon Valley.