i met a woman from la
who smoked an ounce a day
she seemed totally
functional and fine
later she developed
a rare cannabis allergy
due to overconsumption
i only met her the once—
her fate came by hearsay—
tho i think of her sometimes
no lessons learned
just pityingly


trees got their buds back
but where my buds at?
all my friends are dead
push me to the edge lot
460 kingsland ave
where i took a photo of myself
and didn't use the flash
halloween in april
cardamom in bread
fentanyl in autopsies
all my friends are dead


people in trucks
drive up and down
the street all day
people with rafts
in truck beds
carry them away
birds of paradise
birds of prey
sit back
and watch
my body
digest an orange

Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright

pp. 13–14 - "He shut their voices out of his mind. He hated his family because he knew that they were suffering and that he was powerless to help them. He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how they lived, the shame and misery of their lives, he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair. So he held toward them an attitude of iron reserve; he lived with them, but behind a wall, a curtain.And toward himself he was even more exacting. He knew that the moment he allowed what his life meant to enter fully into his consciousness, he would either kill himself or someone else."

p. 27 - "Even though Bigger had asked Gus to be with him in the robbery, the fear that Gus would really go made the muscles of Bigger's stomach tighten; he was hot all over. He felt as if he wanted to sneeze and could not; only it was more nervous than wanting to sneeze. He grew hotter, tighter; his nerves were taut and his teeth were on edge. He felt that something would soon snap within him."

p. 31 - ". . . [H]is self-trust was gone. Confidence could only come again now through action so violent that it would make him forget. These were the rhythms of his life: indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger—like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far-away, invisible force. Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating. He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night; but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt were never seen. It was his own sun and darkness, a private and personal sun and darkness. He was bitterly proud of his swiftly changing moods and boasted when he had to suffer the results of them. It was the way he was, he would say; he could not help it, he would say, and his head would wag. And it was his sullen stare and the violent action that followed that made Gus and Jack and G.H. hate and fear him as much as he hated and feared himself."

pp. 123–124 - "He wanted suddenly to stand up and shout, telling them that he had killed a rich white girl, a girl whose family was known to all of them. Yes; if he did that a look of startled horror would come over their faces. But, no. He would not do that, even though the satisfaction would be keen. He was so greatly outnumbered that he would be arrested, tried, and executed. He wanted the keen thrill of startling them, but felt that the cost was too great. He wished that he had the power to say what he had done without fear of being arrested; he wished that he could be an idea in their minds; that his black face and the image of his smothering Mary and cutting off her head and burning her could hover before their eyes as a terrible picture of reality which they could see and feel and yet not destroy. He was not satisfied with the way things stood now; he was a man who had come in sight of a goal, then had won it, and in winning it it had seen just within his grasp another goal, higher, greater. He had learned to shout and had shouted and no ear had heard him; he had just learned to walk and was walking but could not see the ground beneath his feet; he had long been yearning for weapons to hold in his hands and suddenly found that his hands held weapons that were invisible."

p. 184 - "Bigger knew the things that white folks hated to hear Negroes ask for; and he knew that these were the things the reds were always asking for.And he knew that white folks did not like to hear these things asked even by whites who fought for Negroes."

pp. 213–214 - "Bigger stared. He had entirely forgotten the moment when he had carried Mary up the stairs. So deeply had he pushed it all back down into him that it was not until now that its real meaning came back. They would say he had raped her and there would be no way to prove that he had not. That fact had not assumed importance in his eyes until now. He stood up, his jaws hardening. Had he raped her? Yes, he had raped her. Every time he felt as he had felt that night, he raped. But rape as not what one did to women. Rape was what one felt when one's back against a wall and one had to strike out, whether one wanted or not, to keep the pack from killing one. He committed rape every time he looked into a white face. He was a long, taut piece of rubber which a thousand white hands had stretched to the snapping point, and when he snapped it was rape. But it was rape when he cried out in hate deep in his heart as he felt the strain of living day by day. That, too, was rape."

pp. 224–226 - "He closed his eyes, longing for a sleep that would not come. During the last two days and nights he had lived so fast and hard that it was an effort to keep it all real in his mind. So close had the danger and death come that he could not feel that it was he who had undergone it all.And, yet, out of it all, over and above all that had happened, impalpable but real, there remained to him a queer sense of power. He had done this. He has brought all this about. In all of his life these two murders were the most meaningful things that had ever happened to him. He was living, truly and deeply, no matter what others might think, looking at him with their blind eyes. Never had he had the chance to live out the consequences of his actions; never had his will been so free as in this night and day of fear and murder and flight.
    "He had killed twice, but in a true sense it was not the first time he had ever killed. He had killed many times before, but only during the last two days had this impulse assumed the form of actual killing. Blind anger had come often and he had either gone behind his curtain or wall, or had quarreled and fought.And yet, whether in running away or in fighting, he had felt the need of the clean satisfaction of facing this thing in all its fulness, of fighting it out in the wind and sunlight, in front of those whose hate for him was so unfathomably deep that, after they had shunted him off into a corner of the city to rot and die; they could turn to him, as Mary had that night in the car, and say: 'I'd like to know how your people live.'
    "But what was he after? What did he want? What did he love and what did he hate? He did not know. There was something he knew and something he felt; something the world gave him and something he himself had; something spread out in front of him and something spread out in back; and never in all his life, with this black skin of his, had the two worlds, thought and feeling, will and mind, aspiration and satisfaction, been together; never had he felt a sense of wholeness. Sometimes, in his room or in the sidewalk, the world seemed to him a strange labyrinth even when the streets were straight and the walls were square; a chaos which made him feel that something in him should be able to understand it, divide it, focus it. But only under the stress of hate was the conflict resolved. He had been so conditioned in a cramped environment that hard words or kicks alone knocked him upright and made him capable of action—action that was futile because the world was too much for him. It was then that he closed his eyes and struck out blindly, hitting what or whom he could, not looking or caring what or who hit back.
    "And, under it all, and this made it hard for him, he did not want to make believe that it was solved, make believe that he was happy when he was not. He hated his mother for that way of hers which was like Bessie's. What his mother had was Bessie's whiskey, and Bessie's whiskey was his mother's religion. He did not want to sit on a bench and sing, or lie in a corner and sleep. It was when he read the newspapers or magazines, went to the movies, or walked along the streets with crowds, that he felt what he wanted: to merge himself with others and be a part of this world, to lose himself in it so he could find himself, to be allowed a chance to live like others, even though he was black.
    "He turned restlessly on his hard pallet and groaned. He had been caught up in a whirl of thought and feeling which had swept him onward and when he opened his eyes he saw that daylight stood outside of a dirty window just above his head. He jumped up and looked out. The snow had stopped falling and the city, white, still, was a vast stretch of roof-tops and sky. He had been thinking about it for hours here in the dark and now there it was, all white, still. But what he had thought about it made it real with a reality it did not have now in the daylight. When lying in the dark thinking of it, it seemed to have something which left it when it was looked at. Why should not this cold white world rise up as a beautiful dream in which he could walk and be at home, in which it would be easy to tell what to do and what not to do? If only someone had gone before and lived or suffered or died—made it so that it could be understood! It was too stark, not redeemed, not made real with the reality that was the warm blood of life. He felt that there was something missing, some road which, if he had once found it, would have led him to a secure and quiet knowledge. But why think of that now? A chance for that was gone forever. He had committed murder twice and had created a new world for himself."

p. 264 - "The preacher's words ceased droning. Bigger looked at him out of the corners of his eyes. The preacher's face was black and sad and earnest and made him feel a sense of guilt deeper than that which even his murder of Mary had made him feel. He had killed within himself the preacher's haunting picture of life even before he had killed Mary; that had been his first murder.And now the preacher made it walk before his eyes like a ghost in the night, creating within him a sense of exclusion that was as cold as a block of ice. Why should this thing rise now to plague him after he had pressed a pillow of fear and hate over its face to smother it to death? To those who wanted to kill him he was not human, not included in that picture of Creation; and that was why he had killed it. To live, he had created a new world for himself, and for that he was to die."

p. 288 - "He lay on the cold floor sobbing; but really he was standing up strongly with contrite heart, holding his life in his hands, staring at it with a wondering question. He lay on the cold floor sobbing; but really he was pushing forward with his puny strength against a world too big and too strong for him. He lay on the cold floor sobbing; but really he was groping forward with fierce zeal into a welter of circumstances which he felt contained a water of mercy for the thirst of his heart and brain."

pp. 306–307 - "Though he had killed a black girl and a white girl, he knew that it would be for the death of the white girl that he would be punished. The black girl was merely 'evidence.' And under it all he knew that the white people did not really care about Bessie's being killed. White people never searched for Negroes who killed other Negroes. He had even heard it said that white people felt it was good when one Negro killed another; it meant that they had one Negro less to contend with. Crime for Negro was only when he harmed whites, took white lives, or injured white property."

p. 335 - "He was too weak to stand any longer. He sat again on the edge of the cot. How could he find out if this feeling of his was true, if others had it? How could one find out about life when one was about to die? Slowly he lifted his hand in the darkness and held them in mid-air, the fingers spread weakly open. If he reached out with his hands, and if his hands were electric wires, and if his heart were a battery giving life and fire to those hands, and if he reached out with his hand and touched other people, reached out through these stone wall and felt other hands connected with other hearts—if he did that, would there be a reply, a shock? Not that he wanted those hearts to turn their warmth to him; he was not wanting that much. But just to know that they were there and warm! Just that, and no more; and it would have been enough, more than enough.And in that touch, response of recognition, there would be union, identity; there would be a supporting oneness, a wholeness which had been denied him all his life."

pp. 381–382 - "In self-defense he shut out the night and day from his mind, for if he had thought of the sun's rising and setting, of the moon or the stars, of clouds or rain, he would have died a thousand deaths before they took him to the chair. To accustom his mind to death as much as possible, he made all the world beyond his cell a vast gray land where neither night nor day was, peopled by strange men and women whom he could not understand, but with those lives he longed to mingle once before he went."


i used to be younger
it felt the same
to have $10,000
more to spend
for the
i'm completely invested
in being alive
and what a relief
in debt
i died

Entangled Life (2020) by Merlin Sheldrake

pp. 8-9 - early medicinal use of fungi - indigenous australia, talmudic judaism, ancient egypt, elizabethan england

p. 14 - "Our perceptions work in large part by expectation. It takes less cognitive effort to make sense of the world using preconceived images updated with a small amount of new sensory information than to constantly form entirely new perceptions from scratch."

p. 17 - microbiome, nanobiome, picobiome - "To talk about individuals made no sense anymore. BiologY—the study of living organisms—had transformed into ecology—the study of the relationships between living organisms."

p. 18 - "The 'loss of a sense of self-identity, delusions of self-identity and experience of "alien control,"' observed an elder statesman in the field of microbiome research, are all potential symptoms of mental illness. It made my head spin to think of how many ideas had to be revisited, not least our culturally treasured notions of identity, autonomy, and independence. . . . 'We' are ecosystems that span boundaries and transgress categories. Our selves emerge from a complex tangle of relationships only now becoming known."

pp. 31-32 - truffle fruiting bodies house b/w a million and a billion bacteria per gram of dry weight

pp. 35-37 - fungal hyphae become mycelial network by 1) branching and 2) fusing ("anastomosis"), "Some fungi have tens of thousands of mating types. . . . The mycelium of many fungi can fuse with other mycelial networks if they are genetically similar enough, even if they aren’t sexually compatible. Fungal self-identity matters, but it is not always a binary world. Self can shade off into otherness gradually."

p. 38 - piedmont white truffles, porcini, chanterelle, matsutake, and others have never been domesticated bc of fluidity of relationships w plants and bc of intricacies of their sex lives, "trufficulture is immature"

p. 44 - "fungi actively sense and interpret their worlds, even if we have no way of knowing what it is like for a hypha to sense or interpret"

pp. 48-49 - "Mycelium overproduces links. Some turn out to be more competitive than others. These links are thickened. Less competitive links are withdrawn, leaving a few mainline highways. By growing in one direction while pulling back from another, mycelial networks can even migrate through a landscape. The Latin root of the word extravagant means “to wander outside or beyond.” It is a good word for mycelium, which ceaselessly wanders outside and beyond its limits, none of which are preset as they are in most animal bodies. Mycelium is a body without a body plan."

p. 59 - "the word brain is a distraction," mycelial network can have b/w hundreds and billions of hyphal tips, all integrating and processing information on a massively parallel basis

pp. 60-62 - electrical impulses, "action potentials," realistic way for fungi to send messages b/w different parts of themselves, conveying info about “food sources, injury, local conditions within the fungus, or the presence of other individuals around it"

p. 66 - "intelligence is based on how efficient a species becomes at doing the things they need to survive," latin root of intelligence means “to choose between,” “swarm intelligence” describes problem-solving behavior of brainless systems, "behavior of these network-based life-forms can be thought of as arising from 'minimal' or 'basal' cognition. . .  intelligent behaviors can arise without brains. a dynamic and responsive network is all that’s needed."

p. 76 - "panspermia" - can life travel thru space b/w planets/celestial bodies?

p. 79 - capacity of lichens to survive in space, "lichening rod effect describes what happens when lichens strike familiar concepts, splintering them into new forms. The idea of symbiosis is one such example. Survival in space is another, as is the threat that lichens pose to systems of biological classification"

p. 81 - "endosymbiotic theory" - eukaryotes arose “by fusion and merger” - earliest eukaryotic cells analogous to lichens: "innovation emerging from partnership"

pp. 84-85 - lichens are "extremophiles" - survive extreme conditions by entering state of suspended animation, produce more than a thousand chemicals that are not found in any other life-form, ability to survive many different types of extreme qualify them as “polyextremophiles," in swedish lapland the oldest known lichen is >9000 yrs old

pp. 90-91 - "queer theory for lichens" - "lichens are queer beings that present ways for humans to think beyond a rigid binary framework: the identity of lichens is a question rather than an answer known in advance"

p. 92 - "holobiont" - assemblage of different organisms that behaves as a unit

p. 97 - "ergot alkaloids," lsd, zombie fungi

pp. 100-101 - bosch iconography inspired by ergot poisoning, dancing mania of 14-17th centuries, rituals in central america, "flesh of the gods," hundreds of mushroom-shaped statues from 1000-2000 bce

p. 110 - psilocybin reduces "default mode network" brain activity, "ego-dissolution," "unconstrained style of cognition"

pp. 112-113 - mckenna and human-fungi symbiosis

p. 114 - "Analysis of the DNA of psilocybin- producing fungal species reveals that the ability to make psilocybin evolved more than once. More surprising was the finding that the cluster of genes needed to make psilocybin has jumped between fungal lineages by horizontal gene transfer several times over the course of its history. . . . The fact that the psilocybin gene cluster remained in one piece as it moved around suggests that it provided a significant advantage to any fungi who expressed it. If it didn’t, the trait would have quickly degenerated."

p. 127 - plant root systems have their “roots” in mycorrhizal networks, which they collaborated with to exchange nutrients

p. 136 - “reciprocal rewards” promotes best symbiotic pairings b/w plants and fungi, “both partners share control of the exchange”

p. 140 - plants w higher proclivity for fungi partnerships migrate and spread faster

pp. 145-147 - “ecosystem engineers,” broad agricultural applications and possibilities

p. 151 - “common mycorrhizal networks” - fungal networks form physical connections between plants of same and other species, whereby they can share carbon and other nutrients

p. 156 - mycoheterotrophs - plants that depend on fungi for their nutrition

p. 162 - fungi as “brokers of entanglement able to mediate the interactions between plants according to their own fungal needs”

pp. 182-185 - “mycoremediation” - fungi can “learn” to transform (degrade, decompose, digest) human pollutants: cigarette butts, glyphosate, dmmp, pesticides, synthetic dyes, explosives (tnt, rdx), crude oil, plastics, and a range of human and veterinary drugs not removed by wastewater treatment plants, including antibiotics and synthetic hormones

pp. 192-193 - “mycofabrication” - fungi can recompose materials: skin grafts, batteries, bricks, tiles, packaging, furniture - darpa has invested $10 million in this process

Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) by Adam Curtis

we tell ourselves stories in order to live: order vs. chaos, individualism vs. collectivism, psychoanalysis, consumerism, alienation, terror, manipulation, violence, conspiracy, connectivity, surveillance, lies, the multilayered fractal incoherence of history

jiang qing - mao’s wife, ex actress, will driven individualistic ideology, helped start red guard, tried to take power with gang of four after mao’s death, suppressed by deng xiaoping and sentenced to death, hanged herself in prison in 1991

kerry thornley - discordianism, novel on lee harvey oswald, operation mindfuck w greg hill, perpetrated illuminati conspiracy theories, early randian, later realized the kennedy coincidences actually were part of a conspiracy

michael de freitas - immigrant from trinidad in london, works for slumlord, then becomes revolutionary michael x, started black house to pursue drug dealing and money laundering, returned to trinidad, killed his gf, and was executed by hanging

peter rachman - de freitas's boss, rents notting hill to blacks, immigrants, and sex workers

sandra - model in london, divorcing husband commits suicide

ethel boole - surrender individualism, gadfly author, daughter of george boole, boolean logic

plisetskaya - most famous ballerina, anti communist

huss madher - german left revolutionary, went to liberate palestine, became maoist, red army faction, beider-meinhof adjacent

harold - created “logical sequences” computer networks to determine where terrorists would attack in german cities, first successful application mass surveillance

afeni shakur - alice williams, harlem black panther

eckhart hesse - studied eye pupil reactions psychoanalytically

daniel carnaman - student of hesse, nobel prize for psychology, theory about chaos being greater than human brain can rationally digest

laurentz - climate/weather scientist related to a bomb research, determined that climate was unstable, fragile, not self correcting, project iceworm

arthur sackler - pharmacologist, developed valium, then oxycontin

eduard limonov - son of gulag cop in ukraine, became dissident, moved to moscow, poet in underground, married yelena, fascinated by victims of soviet criminal system, supports violence to escape constraints of soviet society, immigrated to brighton beach to start russian mafia, wrote anti capitalist novel ‘It’s Me Eddie,’ returned to russia, concerned about geopolitics in post soviet russia/europe, started national bolshevik party

alexander solhenitzyn - author of ‘the gulag archipelago,’ disillusioned by mass killings of sociopolitical revolution, posited that the on. way to escape horror is to stop trying to change the world and believe in nothing

harry caudil - lawyer for miners in appalachia, predicted chaos, committed suicide in 1990

deng xiaoping - anti-jiang qing/gang of four maoist og revolutionary, wrote “lady x” poem, propagandist, started rumor gang of four was cia, imprisoned jiang qing and seized power, wiped maoist ideals, introduced capitalism to “restore china’s power” + humiliate the west, believed tiananmen square protests were part of 150-yr western-incited conspiracy, d. 1997

betty ford - became addicted to valium. “to me it was beautiful and , but to my family i had begun to show signs of overmedication”

bernard kouchner - helped vietnamese refugees in south china sea when left/right wouldn’t, humanitarian for “borderless” world, went to afghanistan to support mujhadeen, became leader of “liberated” kosovo after uk/us intervention

julia grant - early out trans woman in britain, under psychiatric evaluation for gender reassignment, defied and got breast implants, then sex change surgery, but it was damaged

wei jingshieng - democracy wall, chinese dissident antifascist, imprisoned by deng xiaoping

bob geldof - british musician, started live aid to help ethiopians, realized it was being rerouted as a political war tactic to round up and eliminate rebels of the authoritarian govt

chai ling - student in china, attracted to maslow self actualization psychology of the self, joined student protest movement, vocal activist in tiananmen square, decided resistance was futile, expected violence, left

daniel kahneman - psychologist, 2 systems in human brain: conscious and unaware parts, behavior must be studied, ppl’s “conscious” understanding of themselves bypassed, ie “priming,” turned out to be harder to apply than they thought

majone - bypass politicians and national govts bc they are a threat to globalist stability, organized eu society into “non majoritarian institutions,” ie govts, banks, corporations

cecil sharp - worked to spread british nationalism thru promotion of idealized “folk” culture of the countryside

‘the immortal hour‘ - opera, another folk inspired work of nationalist propaganda, played at glastonbury festival in 1920s

‘birth of a nation‘ - iconography derives from novel ‘the clansman,’ which based its iconography on scottish folklore and writing of sir walter scott, who simply made it up

gertrude bell - went to baghdad to build up city after wwi, bombed rebels demanding self representation, then “invented” iraq and gave power to rural sheikhs

morgenthau - defended the “dual state” model, american exceptionalism, mid-20th century imperialism

mobuto - american-backed puppet dictator of congo

saddam hussein - rose to power alongside american backed puppet coup, given names to eliminate communists, had movie about his rise directed by director of ‘dr. no’

sheikh aburisha - american-backed tribal leader, “sons of iraq,” helped democratize iraq then turned against new govt. as isis

herbert bayer - creator of the family of man photo exhibition

tupac shakur - moved from ny to california after afeni got addicted to crack, wanted to reboot black panthers to uplift community, thug life is about fostering gang related anger to catalyze revolution against oppressive govt, arrested in 1994 for rape

abu zubaydah - palestinian in saudi arabia, wrote diary to himself in the future (year 2000), lost and poor found identity in jihad, after brain injury his memory became fragmented, just as jihad fragmented, fled to pakistan after 9/11 knowing intelligence would try to tie it to him, arrested by cia, who thought he was multi personality and wanted to unlock the terror secrets he hid inside, early bush era interrogation torture victim

murray gell-mann - helped invent complexity theory as alternative to chaos theory, computers analyze data to predict chaos and manage society

dominick cummings - supporter of applying complexity theory to take power from elites and give it back to the people, wanted brexit to pave way for move away from elite power

the princes(?) - corrupt directionless chinese leadership after deng xiaoping, pushed for and supported ganglord land grabs, which was easy bc communist party owned all land

bo jelai (sp?) - son of original maoist revolutionary, who was killed during cultural revolution, red guard who’d been in forced labor camp, became politician, led maoist rallies in opposition to new corrupted govt, mayor(?) of guiyang, essentially a high level gangster, he and his wife arrested, replaced by surveillance systems and good behavior credits for citizens

neil hayward - ex mi6 in beijing, involved in land grab stuff, found dead in chinese hotel, probably murdered by bo

jeffery hinton - great grandson of george boole, pioneer in neural networks, computer mimics human brain, an intelligence without coherent “story” narrative, vector reality -> data based patterns beyond human comprehension, which was then applied to banking and govt

walden 2 - scientific utopia, coincidental “model“ for new chinese surveillance society

I Contain Multitudes (2016) by Ed Yong

pp. 25-26 - independence free will identity, “alien control,” symbiotic collaboration

p. 39 - “the history of warfare always proves more glamorous than accounts of co-operation...”

p. 54 - “the germ free animal is by and large a miserable creature...”

pp. 80-83 - no good or bad microbes

p. 108 - herpes viruses live inside and disease coral reefs

pp. 119-121 - inflammatory bowel disease

pp. 122-123 - livestock and pets effects on microbiome and microbial diversity

p. 123 - c-section + bottle fed babies = illness later in life

pp. 124-125 - fiber, stool size/weight, and short chain fatty acids

p. 125 - “antibiotics are shock and awe weapons”

p. 134 - “scientists... find simple explanations psychologically soothing” - occam’s razor

pp. 182-183 - evolve to digest plants and meat, rapid adaptation with seasons, dietary variation, and environmental demand

p. 190 - HGTs - horizontal gene transfers, bacteria easily and frequently swap dna, leading to highly rapid evolutionary/adaptive opportunities

p. 223 - no clear evidence probiotics help the most flagrant disorders in which microbiome has been implicated, or change microbiome

pp. 227-228 - probiotics need to feed on prebiotics to prosper, and prosper best within a community of cooperative/collaborative microbes

pp. 229-235 - FMT - fecal microbiota transplant, someone else’s healthy feces can recolonize suppressed/compromised gut, earliest record from emergency medicine handbook written in 4th century china, 94% effective for treating c-diff bacterial infections, anecdotally treats obesity, ibs, autoimmune diseases, mental health, autism

p. 230 - coprophagy - common animal practice of swallowing other animal’s dung dropping to acquire microbes, acts as colony-wide immune system to defend against parasites and pathogens

pp. 234-235 - rePOOPulate - 33 strains of gut bacteria harvested from healthy 41 yr old woman who’d never taken antibiotics, cured c-diff, represents future of FMT: ideally there’ll be a series of tailored, personalized microbial cocktails to treat different diseases

p. 238 - “artisanal bacteria” - scientists tinkering with genes of microbes to endow them with new skills —> in order to create proprietary microbes/cocktails —> pharma can’t patent naturally occurring bacteria

p. 252 - “dog dust contain allergy-suppressing microbes”

p. 257 - “toilets that are cleaned too often are more likely to be covered in fecal bacteria”

p. 258 - ill recover faster w open windows than hyper-sterilized indoor hospitals, “fresh air brings in harmless environmental microbes that take up space and exclude pathogens”


found a new spider
ever since i punched the wall
a few months ago
my knuckle has itched
i want
to interview don swaim
about his interview
with t. gertler
houseplant stores are a racket
i buy my plants from gnomes

Time with Children (1987) by Elizabeth Tallent

some characters appear in multiple stories:

CHARACTERS                STORY                  (  OF 13)

Sam, Jenny, Sandoval - "Grant of Easement" (1), "Sweet Disposition" (6), "Favor" (12)

Hart, Caro, Kevin - "The Fence Party" (2), "Hannah’s Example" (8)

Charlie, Kyra, Nicholas - "Time with Children" (3), "The Forgiveness Trick" (7), "Faux Pas" (10), "Listen to Reason" (13)

Brian - "Time with Children" (3), "Faux Pas" (10), "Listen to Reason" (13)

Pippa - "Time with Children" (3), "Faux Pas" (10)

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