About msalt

msalt Mark Saltveit is a writer, standup comedian, skimboarder and dad based in Portland, Oregon. He is also the reigning World Palindrome Champion.



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Is Daoism Chinese?

March 10th, 2018 | by msalt

Underlying many of the fierce arguments about whether Westerners are appropriating Daoism  is a basic question: is Daoism Chinese? If [&hellip


The Tao of Queen Mary

January 19th, 2018 | by msalt

The Netflix series “The Crown” offers a very interesting bit of applied Daoism, spread across three episodes in Season 1. [&hellip


You Forget Yourself

November 26th, 2017 | by msalt

In the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton,” our hero meets his future wife Eliza Schuyler by first hitting on her sister [&hellip


Bomb-Making Refugees

January 31st, 2017 | by msalt

I’m not a big meme guy, in part because it’s hard for them to get into any reasonable level of [&hellip


Scientific Blinders

July 9th, 2016 | by msalt

A post last year looked at the ways in which even the best scientists — Albert Einstein, for example — [&hellip


Bruce Lee and the Power of Water

April 20th, 2016 | by msalt

I just ran across a classic post at Maria Popova’s always worthwhile BrainPickings that illuminates the connection between martial arts [&hellip


Fighting by Not Fighting

January 19th, 2016 | by msalt

A dozen or so heavily armed right-wing extremists seize a government facility. Naturally, the police respond with a massive display [&hellip


Spooky Action at a Distance

October 23rd, 2015 | by msalt

Einstein was wrong. As insightful as he was about the nature of the universe, the most famous Western genius since [&hellip



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