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Essence of Decision

Posted on September 16, 2016

The essence of ultimate decision remains impenetrable to the observer — often, indeed, to the decider himself. ― John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) “The Manhattan Projects” by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (©Image Comics) I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want […]

Magical Thinking

Posted on September 1, 2016

Duane Hall: Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you’ll understand. Sometimes when I’m driving … on the road at night … I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the […]

Crisis Actors and a Reichstag Fire

Posted on July 26, 2016

Man in Bar: Tomorrow, I’m gonna be a hero. Gideon: I’m sorry?  Man in Bar: You may just be a patsy, but you’re an important one. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met a bigger crisis actor than you before. … This is for our country! [Man in Bar shoots Gideon in neck, killing […]

When Narratives Go Bad

Posted on July 7, 2016

How many things served us yesterday as articles of faith, which today are fables for us? – Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays (1580) That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that […]

Waiting for Humpty Dumpty

Posted on June 24, 2016

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. Brexit is a Bear Stearns moment, not a Lehman moment. That’s not to diminish what’s happening (markets felt like death in March, 2008), but this isn’t the event to […]

Cat’s Cradle

Posted on June 21, 2016

“I’m not a drug salesman. I’m a writer.” “What makes you think a writer isn’t a drug salesman?”   “No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s . . .” “And?” “No […]

Who’s Being Naïve, Kay?

Posted on May 24, 2016

All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. – Leo Tolstoy (1826 – 1910) Satan:    Dream other dreams, and better! – Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger” (c. 1900) Twain spent 11 years writing his final novel, “The Mysterious Stranger”, but never finished it. […]

Optical Illusion / Optical Truth

Posted on May 4, 2016

Portion of original dot map by Dr. John Snow, the founding father of epidemiology, showing the clusters of cholera cases in the London epidemic of 1854. The visual representation of Snow’s data analysis convinced local authorities to shut down the contaminated public well at ground zero of the cholera outbreak, although it would be another […]