This past week I taught a short course on reading and enjoying poetry, bookended and interrupted by Ogden Nash. Among other things, it included a…
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All fruits in the Vaccinium genus (blueberries, huckleberries, cranberries, deerberries) are edible, though not all are delectable. Though they can be…
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While I’ve never seen it staged, when I was a child I found a fading orange copy of Christopher Fry’s The Lady’s Not For Burning at the annual library…
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I read Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Life of the Bee very early in my life, led there by epigraphs in Laurie R. King’s On The Segregation of the Queen, and…
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Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages… In retrospect I am struck by what shining veins of gold are mined from interstitial time. On my last day in…
Every February for the past four years, ever since I lost my last job, I walk to a park where nettles grow wild, carrying kitchen scissors, a paper bag…
There are two truths against which the networked, cabled world with all its unutterable speed and weight flings itself with a roar like the ocean…
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Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult. —Yeats, “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing” In a job interview in May…
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The idea of looking at objects and phenomena in terms of their goals arose with Plato and Aristotle. Here I steal the term teleology (from telos, end…
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Like hundreds of other people, perhaps even two hundred people, I have spent years being baffled by the microscopy notes and photographs in mushroom…
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There is—or was, last time I saw—a crooked kind of ladder leaning against the wall of my grandmother’s house, made of peeled hardwood branches held…
And three dares
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