Lead

Perhaps it was the leaded gasoline that did it. Gone too late in all our happy motoring, the burnt aftermath lingering in our cells, permeating our formative years, our young-country brains, so much soft mineral marking our fantasies, we believed we were super-powered, turbo-charged, we thought we could fly like dragons through the sky, but … Continue reading Lead

The One in Which the City Council Strips Funding for a New Park from the Budget

I know I’ve seen his face before, seen him in the company of men like himself and he was not so tall then, not so impressive as he is now, banging his shoe on the table, reciting words so clearly practiced, shaking his finger and railing against spending and the wasting of the people’s money … Continue reading The One in Which the City Council Strips Funding for a New Park from the Budget

Wild Abundance and Other Valuable Things

So much is Woolf’s grimy pence and pounds, ledger entries and balance sheets. The bankers convince us to run our lives like (small, under-capitalized) start-ups, money in, money out, money saved, money spent, parsimonious and future-tense, as if there is no real today, just the thin horizon of tomorrow’s return on investment. Never mind the … Continue reading Wild Abundance and Other Valuable Things