The Fourth Wall is about breaking through the fourth walls in our lives and in our culture to create more meaningful human connections.
This newsletter started out with the title ‘Anti-Mimetic’, as a supplement to my book Wanting, which is an introduction to the ideas of René Girard. It has evolved into a more general publication about what it means to be human in an increasingly mimetic and technological world, and cutting through the lies that we tell ourselves (as individuals, and as a culture) to get at the key truths.
I’m a veteran entrepreneur who, after attending NYU Stern and making my way through Wall Street and the start-up world, felt a painful hole in my soul for something greater. I wanted to understand human desire—not least of all my own—and we can build companies and families and schools that bring out the best in people, not the worst. I immersed myself in philosophy, theology, and classical literature for many years following my wild startup craze. I’m still starting and investing in businesses, but I’m doing it in a much different way these days.
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