One of the things I’ve found fascinating throughout the election and beyond, is the extent to which people are, or aren’t persuadable. Is there really such a thing as a swing voter? What makes people change their minds? What are the lines in the sand that trigger reversals of opinion? When we sit around talking […]
Unless you are Native American, if you live in the United States you are either descended from immigrants or are an immigrant yourself. And unless you are, say, purely descended from the inhabitants of the Mayflower, at one time or another you or your ancestors were probably unfairly maligned, feared, discriminated against, or even openly […]
Yes, this is a political post. Context here. No hard feelings if you decide to skip to the next post. Hello and congratulations on the election. If you are indeed a Trump supporter, I would like make a plea to you: please read this post in full even if you think I’m a lunatic. You […]
If you’ve been too distracted by the presidential election to follow the latest cutting-edge theories in physics, you may be surprised to learn that the latest in physics sounds… well… actually quite a lot like the presidential election. (And no, I’m not referring to whatever physics account for Donald Trump’s hair.) In The Atlantic, science writer […]
Writing fiction is an act of empathy. It requires us to see the world through the eyes of people other than ourselves. Writing fiction is an act of imagination. It requires us to see possibilities that do not yet exist. Writing fiction is an act of dedication. It requires us to have the discipline to […]
The times they are a-changin’. In a pretty notable break from tradition, Bob Dylan was just awarded the Noble Prize in Literature. He’s the first American to win the award since Toni Morrison in 1993. What do you think of Dylan’s win?