The Repentant Heal

“The Inner-Net schedule [at the Esalen Institute] is loosely packed. The next morning, there would be mindful walking, mindful eating, reimagining work and life integration, then compassion practice, self-compassion and, finally, yoga. After dinner, there would be work on envisioning lives as they are and as we want them to be. Then Mr. Kallayil would lead some chanting.

“One of the portals we use to put the technology for the body at peak performance is music,’ he said. ‘Sierra will play the flute, Jennie the violin.'”

Nellie Bowles, The New York Times, “Where Silicon Valley is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul.”



“What he went through while he was kissing your brother’s hand and begging him to let go of his papa, only God and I know, no one else. And that’s the way our children – not your children, but the children of the likes of me, honorable but despised men – learn the truth about life by the time they’re nine. Rich people may never find out about these things as long as they live, but my Ilyusha knew the truth the second he kissed that hand on the square. And at the very moment it was revealed to him, the truth maimed him in such a way that he’ll never recover…”

Fyodor Dostoevksy, The Brothers Karamazov

Jack of Diamonds

“Sergei Yablonovsky said that none of it was art whereupon Lentulov squeezed out some ochre paint on to a piece of cardboard and hung it in the exhibition he had criticized, with the caption ‘Sergei Yablonovsky’s Brain.'”

Orlando Figes, Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia


“At the meeting on Nantucket, Esvelt assured residents that he and his team fully understood the implications of manipulating the basic elements of life.”

Michael Specter, The New Yorker, “Rewriting the Code of Life.”