Essays

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Anatomy of a Wave: A Triptych

  ONE. Imagine a wave. In your mind’s eye.  We like to imagine—in our humanness—waves as traveling water bodies. But that isn’t quite accurate. Waves are kinetic energy from vibrating water Continue reading

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The Omnicene

Back in 1991, I pitched a different name for this time on Earth. That was the year before the Earth Summit in Rio produced the first climate treaty. I’d been reporting Continue reading

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The Age of the Possible

  There, at the bottom of being, where the water that makes aaathis planet a world aaaaaais the color of spacetime   the octopus—   with her body-shaped mind and her Continue reading

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The Age of Enclosure

There was always a period of grief after harvesting the fields—when, after so many days of the combine coming through for the corn, the specks of husk shining in the long rays Continue reading