Saturday, December 27, 2008

The thing about writing about nuclear stuff is dealing with the rage.

A nuclear bomb explosion looks angry. People on both sides of discussions of nuclear weapons and nuclear power tend to seem like they are shaky dams barely holding back seas of rage.

And this rage has to be at least partly expressed in technical language. It's hard to speak truly, deep and in a way that lets other people in about nuclear stuff.

Maybe it is partly that our bodies are enraged that we have used the long story they are part of to create this broad, long-lasted danger. Our bodies may be enraged way below words, and then we try to talk about it all in words.