Why Your Heart is a Lot Like Alaska

Monday, January 14, 2013
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I can already hear the howls—accusing the writer of callous insensitivity. Let me hasten to say that what follows has absolutely nothing to do with the heart as the metaphorical seat of emotions; and also nothing to do with Alaska as a very, very cold place (whether literally or figuratively; I’ve been to Alaska and I can vouch that the people are terrific—but yes, it does get cold there). No, this piece is about drawing an analogy that I came up with to explain (to myself) an apparent paradox. As the incidence of death from rusty, pointed spears and from wild beasts ..

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