The Simple Reason That Humans Can’t Control Wildfires

Firefighters battle the Camp Fire near Paradise, California.STEPHEN LAM / REUTERS “The fire, to me—it’s like an ocean. It’s so strong that we don’t really stand a chance of doing much to it.” by ROBINSON MEYER Seven years ago, Park Williams took an hour-long drive with a couple of friends to see a wildfire. He remembers it now as a revelation. At the time, Williams was researching the scraggly pine forests that dot the southwestern United States. He worked at a national laboratory that overlooks more than 1 million acres of protected desert forest. On June 26, 2011, the wind knocked down an … Continue reading The Simple Reason That Humans Can’t Control Wildfires

THE ULTIMATE FOOD FIGHT: WHEN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIETS

by Eddie Kim Can love withstand a carnivore-vegan household divided by meat? My eyes spotted the bowl of pho emerging through the kitchen doors, leaving a tail of fragrant steam as it floated past a dozen diners and settled gently on the table in front of me. In that moment, I forgot what my girlfriend and I were chatting about — it was time to dote on the noodles. I caressed them with my chopsticks, teased a spoonful of broth and rapidly decorated the bowl with chile sauce, basil leaves and a thicket of bean sprouts. Finished with the foreplay, … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE FOOD FIGHT: WHEN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIETS

Georgia O’Keeffe on the Art of Seeing

Georgia O’Keeffe, Red Canna, 1924 (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum) “To see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” BY MARIA POPOVA In her stunning autobiographical reflection on the moment she understood what it means to be an artist, Virginia Woolf beheld the cosmos of connections in a single flower. Decades later, the Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman offered a different, complementary lens on the art of seeing through his now-famous monologue known as “Ode to a Flower.” Before Feynman, before Woolf, another titan of the creative spirit found a powerful metaphor for how we experience the world — how we see it, and … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe on the Art of Seeing