Letter From The Editor - Issue 69 - June 2019

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April 2019

Schrodinger's Grottoes by Andrew Gudgel

This piece began, as you might expect, with a pot. Earlier this year, I stumbled across Craig Childs's "The Seed Jar" on the Radiolab podcast and was fascinated by the story--man finds pre-Columbian pot under a boulder in a canyon in the desert, man leaves pot untouched, man returns eleven years later to discover part of the canyon wall has collapsed, burying the pot forever. It got me thinking about all the objects and archaeological treasures sitting undiscovered somewhere. This led me, in turn, to Schrodinger's Cat and the idea of something both existing and not existing at the same time. Did the objects in Tutankhamen's tomb sit waiting in darkness for millennia, or did they in essence only come into being in 1922, when the tomb was discovered and opened?

The muse went off to chew on these thoughts for a very long time before coming back. Like any story, this one changed as it was written and rewritten. The part that remained the same among drafts, however, was the one thing the muse insisted on: there had to be a pot.

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