Locus Roundtable » On the Irrelevance of Genre Poetry

And yet I’m asked: why? why do writers even bother writing verse nowadays when it is a dead form and nobody reads much of anything anymore anyway? And the answer is that our job is to pay attention. and besides, poetry is there, too, there in the advertising jingle and the twitter feed and the streaming line of text beneath the newscaster. Poetry is there, in the road sign and…

We Only Think We Know the Truth About Salt

WHY have we been told that salt is so deadly? Well, the advice has always sounded reasonable. It has what nutritionists like to call “biological plausibility.” Eat more salt and your body retains water to maintain a stable concentration of sodium in your blood. This is why eating salty food tends to make us thirsty: we drink more; we retain water. The result can be a temporary increase in blood…