I just knew he was a Buddhist, as he knew I was a writer.
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He entered the coffee shop where we were meeting in person for the first time — a compact, handsome man with a shaved head. He was wearing a peculiar pin, and his clothes, although ordinary, had a subtle flowing quality. We talked, clicked, then got to some personal history.
Zooming through a Stockholm intersection on his bicycle one morning, year-old Max Tegmark never saw the truck that hit him. The blast of a horn, the screech of tires and a sickening thud followed in quick succession, extinguishing a young life filled with promise. It never happened, of course. As the adult Dr. Tegmark, now 46, relates in the opening pages of this provocative new book, young Max swerved at the last instant and continued on to school — and an academic career that eventually took him to the faculty of M.
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But wait: That fatal accident did happen, Dr. Tegmark writes. Yes, he came through unscathed that day, but he was also killed, and he was severely injured, and slightly injured.
He endured every possible outcome, happy and unhappy, that can befall a bicyclist who encounters a speeding truck. If it is name recognition, Forbes list position, magazines covered, campaigns fronted or some algorithm of them all, Kate Upton probably qualifies.
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In Ms. Upton, a year-old from Melbourne, Fla. This year she was demoted to the inside cover, pictured wearing a bikini in zero gravity. So, all aboard the Hollywood starship express.
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Upton will appear alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. It is Ms. As if it had come to an understanding, as if. The poem, beautiful in its compression, also explores one of the possibilities of lyric poetry: It shows the poem as the site in language where the mind forms a temporary, even imaginary solution to a stubborn problem.
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Here the mind, like the light, creates beauty while also playing a deft trick on itself, as if it could come to any fixed understanding. Unfortunately, nothing stays fixed, the world is confusing and often cruel, the solutions the mind comes to are usually temporary. Besides, what logic really can hold us?
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Her poems are often breathtaking, sometimes sprawling, and her collection roams from Tucson to France among tragedies averted or narrowly survived. It may be that we, bearing our lives, can never engage them or others as fully as we should.
But this is a trick too: What Ball already sees is rich, contradictory and, at times, enough.