Odds and Ends

The place is Vegas. The scene: the lobby of any big hotel. You are walking down a row of slots, past the backs of the acolytes. Hands reach up and down like earthmoving equipment. Large asses envelop the stools they perch on. There is a din of bells and clicking gears, but no one speaks…

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Calendar Reform

Thirty to forty thousand years ago, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. Life was short and brutish, and dentistry had not been invented. Anatomically, people were just like us, lacking only our effortlessly cynical attitude. Try if you can to imagine life before fast food, deodorant, and digital stereo. Unlike us, they were not obsessed by “stuff,”…

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