I was reading Richard Powers’ intro to Don Delillo’s White Noise last night and had this incredible epiphany. It was all about modern (American) culture, the tension between thermodynamic systems racing towards equilibriums and the entropic knots (“life” as a scientific phenomenon) that pop up every so often, and this old idea (popular among exoplanet hunters who don’t believe in the Rare Earth hypothesis) that life is a direct side-effect of thermodynamics. Yeah, it was a pretty incredible moment for me, lying in bed, book in lap, staring at the ceiling with the refrain “this means Canelli is a goddamn luddite!” echoing in my head. But instead of jumping out of bed and posting about it immediately, I thought, given my level of exhaustion, I’d wait until the morning.
And when morning came, I forgot everything.
Well, I didn’t forget everything. Clearly I remembered enough to write the paragraph above. But, damnit man, I don’t remember how any of that connected anymore (the thermodynamics to modern culture and the necessary conclusion that Canelli is a luddite). Argh! If only I could remember!