Date Archives September 2010

A Virtual Love

Hmm, this site seems to have been on autopilot for a while now. What’s going on? Well a few things. First, summer. It’s a fleeting thing in England, and you have to grab every sunny day you can get. I’ve been outside a lot, enjoying London. Now that I’m starting to hunker down for the long, dark winter, I’ll have more time to spend sitting in front of a computer. Second, family. Visitations from abroad, summer holidays, outings, events. All good fun, especially as I lived across the ocean from… Read More

Monday morning inspiration

“Truth is not an unveiling which destroys the secret, but a revelation that does it justice.” —Walter Benjamin (via Crazyhorse Journal)

Monday morning inspiration

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” —Charles Bukowski (for this and other recent quotes, thanks to Crazyhorse Journal)

Monday morning inspiration

“Writing is finally a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To leap. To fly. To fail.” —Susan Sontag

How chimps mourn their dead

I was just going through some old magazines and came across a fascinating article in New Scientist – web version here. It describes how chimpanzees were observed carrying around the bodies of dead infants for weeks or even months. In many ways, their mothers treated the corpses as though they were still alive: they groomed them, swatted flies away and made high-pitched screams of distress when they accidentally dropped the bodies. But there were telltale signs – occasional flinching, for instance – showing that they knew the infants were dead…. Read More