Original Thoughts

Original Thoughts

Pity the tight, constrained, over-edited lines living their conventional lives lined up in perfect order little scouts, doing what they’re told unable to speak for themselves… Original Thoughts Oh, do you mind? May I break through the lines to ask a few...
Daughter of Erysichthon

Daughter of Erysichthon

In Metamorphosis, the Roman poet Ovid tells a story about a man named Erysichthon whose exploitive behavior leads to a harrowing end. At the same time, he has a daughter who offers a very different way of thinking about humanity’s relationship with the natural...
Missing Pieces – A Reverie

Missing Pieces – A Reverie

Early this morning I woke thinking about the steadfast tin soldier. He often comes to me at Christmas time, that noble fellow who has lost a leg in the manufacturing process. The boys who play on the floor with the soldiers don’t use the one-legged soldier, so he’s...
To Perform or Not to Perform … That is the Question

To Perform or Not to Perform … That is the Question

I love creating things that can be shared with an audience, but I struggle with the notion of performance. It’s hard to go out there and put myself on the stage. I’m not a natural extrovert, and I know I’m not the only performer who feels reluctant to leave the wings....
Oliver Sacks on Awakening

Oliver Sacks on Awakening

No story has gripped me more than the real-life “sleeping beauty” story that Oliver Sacks tells in his magnificent book, Awakenings. For years I have been fascinated by the symmetry between his experience of patients with encephalitis lethargica and the...

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