I tell you this is a great text. Then I tell you that I just made up that appraisal, it’s completely random. You still believe me. And now you probably want to read it to understand why.
An exceptionally beautiful piece. It’s all about losing. How we will lose roughly 200’000 things over the course of our lives. How the meaning of «to lose» changed over time, from minds to hearts, to everything. And how this all is connected to losing a loved one.
Americans associate earthquakes with California’s San Andreas Fault. But only recently did scientists discover that the big, big earthquake will hit America’s Pacific Northwest. When it does, it will be by far the most devastating natural disaster in US history. Massive earthquakes in that region occur every 243 years on average, but it’s been 315 years since last one. The Pacific Northwest is due.
«As I approach the end of my career I feel an increasing obligation to bear witness to past mistakes I have made.» Says Henry Marsh, whose mistakes have ended lives. Great profile of a neurosurgeon who has published a remarkable memoir. From the profile: «He is the Knausgaard of neurosurgery: he writes about his errors because he wants to confess them, and because he’s interested in his inner life and how it’s been changed, over time, by the making of mistakes.»