Category: writing

Apple Treachery

I have long assumed that virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) were related in some vague way. I’ve gradually come to understand them as opposites, and more, possibly, good guys and bad guys....

Writing and Responding

Braiding Sweetgrass (2015) is a book about the contemporary relationship between plants and people.  More specifically, it is about the conflict and potential reconciliation between a botanical, scientific, written understanding of plants, and the orally transmitted...

Experiment, entanglement

If you can think of a camera as an experimental apparatus, like a telescope or a microscope, and, say, a family gathering as the phenomenon under investigation, it seems to help a little with...

Inherit the Wind

If you google “inherit the wind,” you’re overwhelmed with information about the film by that name from 1960. It is a dramatization of the infamous 1925 Scopes Trial, in which a schoolteacher is accused...

Democracy and a Prophecy

H.L.Mencken, “the sage of Baltimore,” wrote this sobering prophecy almost exactly a century ago. I found it recently posted on Facebook by a former friend (former by his decision, not mine). As democracy is...

The Perfect Post

This is on Instagram.  My experience is, admittedly, very recent and very brief.  But I absolutely love this one from the poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw.  The photo is of a pig with her snout in the...