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"Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."

-Khalil Gibran


And call me Jared, please, but I've written as J. W. Barlament for a minute now so that's what the website's called. I'm an author, blogger, and general writer of whatever I can whenever I can find the time. Also a third-year undergraduate at Columbia University studying archaeology and philosophy. There was always going to be a catch. Scroll below to see some recent projects I made or was involved in; read something easy and relax your eyes and stay a while.


Here you'll find a running list of some of the latest projects I've been a part of, along with some permanent fixtures of films and radio shows I've done because I treasure them too much and get around to doing them too rarely.

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Yes, it shows up as a black screen, because that's how the film starts, but stick with me and watch Ragtime Rivals, a short student film starring myself, a harmonica and an inanimate blues master. This was filmed in one 3-hour evening session at the WKCR-FM radio studio in NYC, where I program and host a jazz show every now and then. Note that the album cover presented and the music played on the vinyl aren't the same - finding in one what we wanted in both in an uncatalogued collection of tens of thousands of records was never going to happen - so what you hear is "Bye Bye Bird" by Sonny Boy Williamson II and the Yardbirds, and what you see is the cover of The Country Boy by K. C. Douglas.

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The first film I either acted or starred in, The Method Author is the product of Columbia undergrad Masha Sokolova's effort to create an absurdist crime comedy across two boroughs and three days of shooting in the spring of 2022. It's fast-paced, over-the-top and not for the faint of heart. I hear the main character is played by me because he was written to be me, in what I hope is supposed to be an exaggerated sense.

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