Wednesday
Apr012015

Two-step approach to preventing the next Germanwings disaster - Reuters

Chris and I have an op-ed up about the Germanwings disaster and mental health screenings at Reuters.

It's also been chosen as The Aspen Institute's best idea of the day for April 1st. (And it's not an April Fools' joke.)

 

Friday
Dec122014

Even the Red Sun

It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes.

--Gustave Flaubert, born today in 1821

Wednesday
Nov262014

The Most Irreplaceable

Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.

--André Gide, writer

Tuesday
Nov252014

This is a Placeholder

Now -- after the Austin protest in response to the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, MO -- is not a time for my voice to be the one that talks. Now is a moment when I listen. This is a placeholder where I might later put photos from the peaceful protest. For now, I keep reading.

Sunday
Nov232014

The Clatter of Recognition

If you look at a testimony of love from 2,000 years ago it can still exactly speak to you, whereas medical advice from only 100 years ago is ridiculous.

And so as a historian, I write poetry. I'm profoundly committed to art as the answer. Indeed, I don't put science really as the way I get to any of my answers; it's just helpful. It's poetry that I look to. It's the clatter of recognition. Everybody has different ways, but I attest that poetry works pretty well.

--Jennifer Michael Hecht, poet, philosopher, and historian