Escape Into Chris

Escape into the personal works of EIL Founder, Chris Al-Aswad

(July 16th 1979 – July 27th 2010)

Chris Al-Aswad

Years have passed since EIL’s founder, Chris Al-Aswad, left life behind and stepped into the world of the Spirit. In addition to countless unforgettable memories, Chris also left us with dozens of journals brimming with his deepest thoughts and philosophical ponderings of existence on planet earth. Recently, my Father and I began exploring them in depth, discovering incredible, illuminated passages rife with prophetic, provocative insights and brutal honesty. While the quest to fill the space that Chris’ parting left in us will continue for our lifetimes, we’ve found solace and uplift in the notion of sharing these with the people Chris cared for most, his friends in the EIL community. Clearly, the spirit of Chris lives on in them, as well as in the eternal flow of the creative life-force, and so he would surely approve. Please note that any work from his journals appears as discovered in its original design in his journals.  The extracts are not edited.

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Featured Poems by Chris Al-Aswad

The Line of Beauty
The Undiscovered Self
Blogging and Technology for Writers
Taking off the Mask
Here come the Culture Critics
When Will We Live Online

What is Character?
Reflecting on Basquiat
On Genius
What is Contemporary Art?
How many of us are self-medicating?
Opening Pandora’s Box: Assisted Suicide
Re-Thinking Iran and Twitter
Is Social Technology Making Us Smarter?
The Divided Self
Is the Internet Killing Culture?
The Occasional Jerk
What is it to be an artist?
Is All Innocence Tragic?
Vanity, Insecurity, and Shame
Meditations and Aphorisms
Social Technology is Transforming Our World
I Want to Invest in Your Idea–Mine Sucks
Love and Friendship in the Age of Facebook

The Imaginary Audience
On Reading and the Web
Escape Artist
The Paradox of Dreams
The Magic Pill, or Self-Destruction
Where do we stand on Internet Copyright Law?