Many Threads, One Processor

6 years ago with 14 comments
My friend J. once told me that he liked Dostoevsky, but didn’t find him realistic. He cited the scene in Crime and Punishment where Raskolnikov and Razumikhin are approaching the house of the investigator Porfiry Petrovich, and poor Rask. is agonizing over how to behave in front of Porfiry: “I shall have to pull a long face with him too,” he thought, with a beating heart, ...

Sodom and the Madonna

7 years ago with 14 comments
“What on earth am I doing?” is what I completely fail to think, as I position my hand so that when the portly-but-attractive bartender (has he been giving me the eye, or is it my imagination?) puts my glass back down on the counter, his fingers will make contact with mine. It works — can’t have been by accident, he could easily have avoided the touch — and I also ...

St. Elsewhere

8 years ago with 12 comments
When I lived in DC I met a man from Colombia, a numerary in Opus Dei. He was just passing through, which seemed to be what he did in most places. He said he loved the single life, because he could be like Gandalf — at home everywhere and nowhere, always on some mysterious mission, led only by the spirit. I thought of him last night, when I got too idle and stayed up too late, and as a ...