Flax and Gold
Despite the evidence of our senses, time doesn’t move cleanly like an arrow, carrying us along toward the inexorable. Ancients spoke of long calendars, cycles of hundreds of thousands of years that would apparently repeat in slow rhythms, slower than sludgy stoner rock. Western philosophers have posited the idea of the eternal return —that every moment is doomed to repeat, infinitely, in its exact specificity. Even quantum physicists now speak of time as something that doesn’t fundamentally exist.
This month, the astral weather reminds us that if time is a river it is brackish with tide pools. With several planets stationing and retrograding, we’re collectively slowed and...
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An Interview with World-Series of Poker finalist Ricky Fohrenbach
Midway through his junior year at Boston College, Ricky Fohrenbach — one of the most promising math students in the state of Connecticut — decided to drop out of school and start playing poker for a living. This decision didn’t come out of nowhere. At the age of twelve, Ricky scored in the 90th percentile on the SATs. He also picked up the knack to hustle his friends at billiards and whatever other random scheme he’d think of to make a couple dollars here and there. Growing up in a lower middle-class family, he was driven to turn his fifty-cent-per-week allowance into more than just a pack of gum.Seven years after dropping...
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