Dream Good Dreams

photo from kean kelly If the world could be different in one way because you lived, how would it be different? I’ve asked a lot of people this question lately, for two reasons. First, I…

Copying Errors and Consciousness

photo by alicepopkorn It’s an almost unbearable irony that life – our most beloved property of the physical universe – came about largely through copying errors. The evolution of new species owes much of its…

The Longest Chase: A Caper

“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after the wind…” -Solomon, King of Israel I gave…

Walter Friedman’s Second Life

The morning sun careened into Walter Friedman’s bedroom, lifting the gossamer curtains on gusts of light. His eyes opened from deep and measureless darkness, and for the first time that year he was surprised. The…

The tiny kernel of humanity

By Vassily Grossman, as quoted in Chris Hedges’ “Empire of Illusion“: I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent…