Are people who write footnotes for a living lonelier than people who don’t?
There is a great deal of satisfaction writing things that explain other things
that most people don’t know or understand. You hear a lot of “That’s interesting!”
and “I never knew that!” and “Now I understand” and “You’re so brainy!” which
can be very satisfying but still, you begin to wonder: why do I know these things
that other people don’t? Who can I talk to about the things I love that nobody
seems to know? Will I ever meet someone who says “I already knew that!” or
“So what?” or “Big deal!” or “You’re an idiot!” Were I to, that would be
sensational, and I would love them, and I would l ask them to be my wife,
because I cannot bear this loneliness much longer. The End.*
Ricky Garni is a graphic designer from North Carolina, whose poetry is widely available in print, the Web, and various anthologies. His poetry titles include The Eternal Journals of Crispy Flotilla, Maybe Wavy and The Sea of Kicking Legs. Jiggle Fest, a collection of short prose, is slated for release in the Winter of 2014.
Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.