…and so we went off into the woods at dusk with a bag of dead mystery, two picks, and the wrong kind of shovel.
Some people say that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. People also say that the best revenge is living well. I do not abide by either. One of them is not good enough. The other I will not allow to be true.
Robot Design Considerations in 1957, Japan
This gem of a panel is from the story Ghost Manufacturing Machine in Astro Boy Omnibus 2 by Osamu Tezuka; pg 91, panel 2 (first published in a 1957 supplement edition of Shonen magazine). This was one of only two English books in my hostel’s library. The other was War and Peace. It did not…
What are we, really, without our enemies? What is a discussion without disagreement? Where would we be without those that defy us? On every trip I’ve taken, and in every stage of my life, I have had nemeses. In chess there is Trevor of the US Air Force — our games last months, and I…
An Appendage Stronger than Love
One is inclined and perhaps obligated to ponder the significance of the query and its timing when, immediately after sex, a woman turns to you and asks: “What is the most distinct difference between monkeys and humans?” My answer “monkeys have a tail,” came almost automatically even as I was listing the possible explanations to…
the blind rock and the Power of Bread and Cheese. Enter: The Master of Peanuts
“This is the oldest thing you will ever touch.”
Towards the end of the year, a series of coinciding circumstances allowed me for the second time to hold yesterday and today, or perhaps today and tomorrow, in the same field of view. You may have found yourself in such circumstances, and not realized it, or perhaps been asleep. But should you find yourself on…