Archive for the ‘Awakenings’ Category

Newton’s Sleep and the Marriage of Heaven and Hell

What to do about Facebook? Teaching fifth-graders to code doesn’t seem like the right answer. Teaching them William Blake might be….

Die Amis haben unser Unterbewusstsein kolonisiert*

*The Yanks have colonized our subconscious (A quote from Wim Wenders’ film Im Lauf der Zeit) Well, you may be old now, I told myself at sixty, but at least you haven’t started reading obituaries. Now that I’m past seventy, I know damned well that it doesn’t matter whether we read them or not. We have Twitter, we […]

The Arrangements

First dust in the air a dog yelping and circling its tail behind the fence A small house behind a chain-link fence a dog snapping at itself and then the dust along the ground rising Past a torn screen door half-open a woman in a sun hat and braces on both legs over worn coveralls […]

A Cold Day in Hell

Today Paul Krugman has discovered that, gasp, technological unemployment is really real! And it’s really, finally here! And it really, really will result in a permanent transfer of wealth from labor to capital, no matter how many college degrees laborers go into debt to acquire! (and, coincidentally, of course, this also seems to imply that Marx might […]