Month: April 2013

The Plasticene Era

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  “It’s so hopeless,” a young friend said, tossing a plastic water bottle in the trash. “I don’t believe in recycling.” “Don’t believe?” I said, reaching into the garbage. “I didn’t know it was a religion.” “It’s a faith. A faith that you’re doing the right thing. A feel-good gesture that masks a larger problem.” […]

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Unnatural Selection

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Originally in Hothouse During my son’s newborn assessment years ago, the pediatrician turned my rosy baby around in his hands like an experienced fruit vendor with a melon. “Look,” he said, as he placed the baby down on his side. “My favorite anomaly.” Favorite anomaly? Anomaly, anomaly, anomaly. I couldn’t remember what it meant, and certainly […]

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