Oct/Nov 2017

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My mother believed in spontaneous generation. She thought spiders were produced out of balls of dust. My mother was an intelligent woman. Had she been born a couple generations later, I don't doubt she would have been a successful professional. In the matter of spiders she was simply reasoning from the evidence she had before her: leave some dust alone in a corner for a while (something she never willingly did; she cleaned every day) and you'll find a spider in it.

Thomas J. Hubschman


Vigil (Interrupted), A Plymouth Road Interlude

In particular I very much wanted to see a scene remembered in that movie Papillion in which prisoners in solitary confinement stick their heads out of holes in their prison doors, while prison officials check for lice. The prisoners look at each other. They ask each other how they look.

Stanley Jenkins