“Living your life according to what everyone else might think of you is to cede control of who you are. It is to outsource your identity to a bunch of strangers who do not know you.”
“The avalanche of prefabbed, precooked, often portable food into every corner of American society represents the most dramatic nutritional shift in human history.”
“I believe almost dogmatically in difference, in the idea that every single person is unique, with their own innate sense of self, and that it is this difference which brings all of us together as one.”
“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”
"But the engine for Judaism isn’t faith. It’s doubt."
"I was so preoccupied with the idea of losing my body, it had never occurred to me that I might lose my mind."
"Although this mystical energy has never been validated by science - by which I mean replicated, rigorous, controlled studies - I haven't come here as a debunker."
“Still no explanation, even in the terms of an absurdist joke, why there are so many sea creatures at the nativity”
“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”
Email exchanges between two brothers having a rather different experience of the South African bush...