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30/30 Vision

. It was the experience of wandering around in his own mind, during all his wake moments, like a man who walks in the thicket of a forest, forgetful yet with bouts of certainty and firm knowledge that a treasure was there that would never go away. And just like that man walking by chance … Continue reading

Reading John Berger

. I have spent time lately reading John Berger’s Selected Essays (ed. Geoff Dyer). It is a treasure trove of gems. Here, an excerpt from an essay entitled “White Bird:” . “Art does not imitate nature, it imitates a creation, sometimes to propose an alternative world,    sometimes simpy to amplify, to confirm, to make social … Continue reading

Mountain Road

. It is not often that one sees asterixes in the landscape, but here they proliferate, as if many footnotes are needed to be accommodated in a text we cannot (yet) fully understand.

Excelsior

High above our thoughts and aspirations, there is beauty, incomprehensible beauty. We need to sit still to take it all in. We are creatures that are capable of awe, that is, an unflinging openness to entirely new experiences. . . .

Pillow Fights

The annual pillow fight at West Point Academy has turned bloody this summer. Metal objects hidden inside the pillows caused concussions, broken bones, and a lot of blood. It is an exercise — we should grant this to the young creative cadets — that is much more realistic in preparation for real combat, which has … Continue reading

The Broken Windows Law, and its Application to the Human Breast

It all makes sense now. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the inventor of the broken windows law, cannot see the display of a naked breast in public as anything but the first step toward Sodom and Gomorrah. And we have all been told what happened to that place after it was torn up by God’s wrath!

Decapitation

Decapitation emerges as a theme of the chaotic world we live in. In Games of Thrones the act of decapitating is liberally pursued; entire fences are shown stacked with heads whose contorted faces give us nightmares. A copycat act in France resulted in the head of a Frenchman spiked on a fence. ISIS has used … Continue reading

Watch Full Movie Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals (2016) Full Movie Online Watch Free , English Subtitles Full HD, Free Movies Streaming , Free Latest Films. Quality : HD Title : Nocturnal Animals. Director : Tom Ford Release : November 04, 2016 Language : en. Runtime : 116 min Genre : Drama, Thriller. Synopsis : ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a movie genre … Continue reading

The Sad Royal Couple

The King and the Queen are enjoined in sadness. Their kingdom is gone. . The crown is about to impounded by the authorities. . It would be better, wouldn’t it, never to have been immersed in privilege. . . . . . . . . .

Revolving

Today, as I entered a revolving door to leave my building, I waited for a mother with her two little girls to step in. They were at the delicate age of five, the weasly age. In the split second when I entered I knew she was going to be separated from her progeny. When I … Continue reading

Sudden contact, will be very rude

Today I received an e-mail from an unknown person in Japan. It seems that this person is part of the Royal family, and in some state of distress. Is it the granddaughter of the Emperor who is blowing the whistle? Reading the message, we will never now. Why do I get messages from a member … Continue reading

Beautiful

Some people who know me know that I’m working in the field of translation, meaning translation of genetic code into a sequence of amino acids forming a protein, or protein biosynthesis. So much so good. Or rather, I’m sure I lost 90% of the audience already. Now the remaining ones please bear with me. In … Continue reading

Spring sprang

Now that it is spring again we count our days and years and blessings.  If we had a way to stop the process of time, when exactly would we halt it?   These are the glorious days of almond trees in bloom, like the one across the Public School, and of daffodils soon to come … Continue reading

At the Dentist’s Office

At my former dentist’s office in Albany I saw the Adirondacks in full colors on the wall while my teeth were being polished or repaired. Now the half-finished puzzle reminds me of the picture, and the way it fades in my memory, since the main thing I remember is the waterfall and the full colors … Continue reading

An Expert Opinion

We all talk about it.  It is on our minds.  How can he? How could he?  What state of mind can a man have who could, who would do the unthinkable? But in the midst of the shock and the unbearable images and the thought of a plane and its human cargo running 600 feet per … Continue reading

The Fairest Thing on the Black Earth

“Some say an army of horsemen, some of footsoldiers, some of ships, is the fairest thing on the black earth, but I say it is what one loves.” . . Sappho, ~600 B.C. . .

Anecdote

An incidental lookup, spurred by curiosity, produced a surprise: Anecdote goes back to a Greek root and means “something unpublished.” So it refers to a story, in other words, that has not gotten the blessing by our custodians of knowledge, those editors of Nature, Science, Cell, EMBO Journal, Granta, The New Yorker, Paris Review, etcetera. … Continue reading

Bush’s Legacy

When we shudder at the atrocities inflicted by ISIS, as deeds that transgress every notion of decent human behavior, we must think back at our own contribution to the deterioration of mores, under George W. Bush. We have to remind ourselves of Abu Ghraib, and the justification of torture as a means to extort information … Continue reading

The (Im)Permanence of the Web

I would like to bring an article (see link below! But be quick!) to your attention that is an eye-opener regarding the permanence of information on the web, which we often take for granted. The article is breathtaking to read, but it should be required reading for everybody who is doing scientific research or creative … Continue reading

Looking into a Scroll

Today’s article about scrolls from Pompeii fuels the imagination. The papyrus scrolls were dehydrated by the burning volcanic ash, but they are still intact. They cannot be unrolled since they would fall apart like Turkish sweets, and the writing inside was inaccessible for years after it was discovered. Now people have used high-energy high-intensity X-rays … Continue reading

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