I have always thought of myself as a writer. It’s hard to say where I got that notion — maybe from being naturally comfortable living in my own head. My mother’s memory: I am standing with my back against the crib’s railings, facing the wall instead of looking outward toward the room. “What a strange baby,” she probably thought, or as she more gently put it when telling me about my early habit, “I thought that was interesting.”
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When I enter my lab, I'm greeted by the pops and crackles of mantis shrimp smashing snail shells with tiny hammers moving at bullet-like accelerations. Other days, I listen to their eerie, low-frequency rumbles, joined by the scratchy rasps of the violin- like mechanism that spiny lobsters use to scare away predators. For the past twenty years, I have probed the physics and evolution of these and other strange and wonderful creatures. Many have revealed unexpected insights into extraordinary capabilities that are unmatched by human- made systems.
Mazur, a poet who lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, is the Senior Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, and a former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study speaks with the Boston Globe for its TV Confessions column.
The Harvard Crimson reports that Radcliffe fellow Laurence A. Ralph argues that treating cases of the police using extralegal force as isolated problems can lead to less accountability.