Friday, November 28, 2003

What we think is a gesture of freedom is a symptom of our cage. ...Planets and moons form, and people stick to them because something in the cosmos is trying to keep itself company.

Nicolas Pizzolatto, "Ghost-Birds" in the October 2003 Atlantic Monthly

Friday, November 21, 2003

Everything was okay until he got shot.

Lt. Col. (USArmy, ret.) Larry May

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

OriginsNet -- the origins of man, religion, art and mind

Thursday, November 13, 2003

A credible threat to one's life has a certain bracing effect.

Wife quoting husband.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

When and from where [the Sumerians] first settled near the Euphrates was much debated a generation ago, but without any clear consensus. People had settled the region and were growing crops by irrigation before 5000 BC; the best we can say is that the urbanized people who, before 3000 BC, first wrote Sumerian emerged out of this agricultural way of life and tradition without any obvious break.

Timothy Potts, in “Buried Between the Rivers”, New York Review, 9/25/2003