The following is part of a “shared storytelling event” over at I Saw Lightning Fall , Advents Ghosts 2021. We were tasked to write a scary story of exactly 100 words in length. I don’t know how much this counts as a “story” but this is my attempt at an entry.
Death is the enemy we battle against our entire lives, a race that won’t be won.
When we are young, Death is the unthinkable. We are unstoppable.
“Death is not for me”, we tell ourselves. “I’m special.”
We age. Death becomes the word unspoken, as if naming it will give it power. People we love start to “pass away”.
Time moves on for the fortunate. Love is experienced, love is lost. The world speeds up. We slow down.
Death becomes less an enemy and more an expected if not entirely bless-ed friend.
I came across this article a few weeks ago and highly recommend it. It makes the case for Venus rather than Mars being the place humans should look to at least temporarily colonize. Yes we would have to live up above the clouds and never actually be exposed to the Venus air, but that is basically what we would have to do on Mars as well, just on the ground.
Anyway, it is worth a read. Personally, I don’t think I’d be first in line to move to either place.
Screw the Mars hype. Here’s why we should move to Venus. Annalee Newitz
Rolling Stone just published an excellent long-form conversation between Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney about music, song writing, and just life. This one is well worth anybody’s time to read.
Taylor Swift arrived early to Paul McCartney’s London office in October, “mask on, brimming with excitement.” “I mostly work from home these days,” she writes about that day, “and today feels like a rare school field trip that you actually want to go on.”