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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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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Half a conversation over several years
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Who am I kidding, I threw the literary equivalent of a rock through a window, and you can find it over at Locus Magazine today. And it is thanks to your…
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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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On certain days that are dark and hard, as well as some days that are bright and easy, I pour British-style tea, Earl Gray or cardamom black or…
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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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Three times in two weeks, I became aware of small, difficult choices that I would have to make, choices with no clear good outcome, that would likely…
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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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I was asked recently about how one writes flash fiction, which is the form my first published stories took. (Example.) The piece of flash fiction most…
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Some stones for the path
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…then on the shore / Of the wide world I stand alone, and think / Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
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