Decisions, Decisions

Ron Padgett

It was hard to decide
which was more likable,
the amoeba or the paramecium.
There was a certain charm
in being of only one cell
and another charm in wiggling.
Charles Darwin
was rather likeable too.
He felt that over a great span of time—
a span so great that it can take your breath away
if you think about it too clearly—
simple organisms evolve into more complex ones.
The amoeba doesn’t have to decide
what to have for lunch
but the chipmunk in the road
has to decide whether to run
this way—no! that way!—
and you have to decide
whether to swerve or just hold your breath.
The necessity of deciding
is at the origin of thinking.
(I think!)
Lying in bed this morning,
trying to decide whether to get up
and write down these thoughts,
I hesitated because I wondered.

Contents

Forty-Six Thoughts on Radio
Kenneth Goldsmith

Center Spread
Albert Herter

A History of Reason
Noura Wedell

Hot Piss
Gunnar Tchida

What is perverse is liquid
A.K. Burns

Fatemeh’s Baghali Ghatogh
Sara Saljoughi

Lebbeus Woods at The Drawing Center
Joshua Johnson

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto
Martine Syms

Center Spread
Jamian Juliano-Villani

Notes on Marxist Art History
Night Workers

Night Draws
Eric Timothy Carlson

Rhymes
Michael Robbins

The Scored Life
Christian Haines

Decisions, Decisions
Ron Padgett

from A Night in Hell
Alex Da Corte

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Issue 8

Issue 7

Issue 6

Issue 5

Issue 4

Issue 2

Issue 1