Chris Lakin

About This Website

I enjoy writing for this website immensely.


I relish how linear audiobooks are. For one, the thoughts that usually impede my reading no longer bother me. (“Should I chase this footnote?”, “Should I highlight this sentence?”)

I try to do the same in my writing. For example, to make reading more focused, I don’t do in-text links. While reading online I have frequently had the experience of becoming distracted by other pages linked mid-text.


I continue to revise essays long after I’ve posted them. Why shouldn’t text be living?


I have a few hundred text files for different ideas. Over time I revisit each and add new thoughts. For some drafts, after several months, the text begins to coalesce into something coherent.


The design of this website is meant to be legible and simple. No froth. Only ideas matter.

The design of this website was inspired by Derek Sivers’s website, and he also helped me start. His essays showed me the beauty of succinct essays.

To keep my process simple, I manually write this website’s HTML/CSS.

Drawing © Ariana Dyer.


Posted 2020 May 21, last updated 2021 March 26.

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