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PhD in Being Cold

In 100 on March 21, 2022 at 8:31 am

“Hello, alright, please take a seat…

Welcome to Layering 301. A a reminder, to be eligible, you must have taken either 201 Philosophy of Cold or 225 Beyond Wool: Other Herd’s Offerings. The only exceptions are those who spent a winter semester at our Svalbard campus. Everyone in the right place?

OK. As you see on the syllabus, to be prepared for labs, come in base layers and a minimum of two pairs or socks. Do not let me catch you in cotton, so help me. The final labs will require an insulated one-piece. Details to come.”

Dedicated to Lara, a Bay Area Woman and layering expert.


“I haven’t had that feeling again, even in love.”

In 100 on March 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm

It doesn’t surprise me there will be more fire, no fancy expensive reports necessary. It is as sure moths to the flame. There are more more moths now; carpets of them eat entire forests. Grey leaves.

Some people meet fire with fire: power, sales, foxes, storms, and boxes. I saw a teacher pick up a gun today.

I want to be a ponderosa. I smell like sweetness. When the fire meets my bark, I flake, impervious. Only I remain. In a previous life, maybe I walked off a cliff to give my body to a starving lioness and her cubs.