It is difficult to envision the sheer quantity of pearls dredged up from the New World by sixteenth-century colonists. An average of a 1,000 pounds of pearl per year in tax revenue alone. The social, political, and ecological challenges of producing such richness is the subject of a fascinating book by historian Molly Warsh reviewed here.
Okay, I've turned forty. On my birthday I celebrated my obsolescence by translating a sonnet titled "To a Corpse."
It's been a while since I posted to Arcade. So many deadlines! Several times a day I find myself mumbling, "But at my back I always hear / Time's winged chariot hurrying near."