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Why We Shouldn’t Completely Destroy Smallpox

My grandfather used to keep all sorts of things in the trunk of his car: Fishing gear, duct tape, aluminum foil, a large chain, a defused WWII hand grenade. When we asked why he squirreled away such a random assortment of items, he would shrug and say, "Just in case." That, in a nutshell, is why we should never destroy the smallpox virus. Just in case we need it someday.

NaNoWriMo and Literary Spontaneity

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is drawing to a close, and with it the brave and caffeine-addled efforts of over 200,000 writers worldwide. Unabashedly privileging “enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking […]