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LETTER FROM THE

Curious Much? Curiosity killed the cat. But that cat probably had a lot fun. We’re no different, nor better. There comes a time when we just need to get it out of our systems; we need to know. Ask that question — confront the bewilderment that chokes up from your stomach and screams, “why in the world do we do this?” If you’re a fan of pop culture’s run-a-muck starlets and makeshift heroes you should be asking yourself that a lot more … even if it is rhetorical. The power of a question mark is oh so much more than a curved form with a singular and poignant dot below (or if you speak spanish, above, respectively). This grammatical nuisance articulates all the finer things in life. I wonder when we stopped questioning things. When did the artist-philosopher genes of the Golden Age wilt on the vine and leave us here just accepting the status quo? Possibly it was around the time we started watching cat videos on YouTube instead of reading foreign affairs columns in the newspaper. It seems that most people have traded in curiosity for entertainment … probably because the former takes more work. But we’re on the way to recovery with a steady diet of life hacking and a rigorous regimen of app usage and Googling. Over

time we won’t be afraid to say what we are really wondering. “Who is Satoshi Yakamoto?” “What is a capon?” “Can you make a good pair of stilettos from a 3-D printer?” “Where is the second ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Movie?” Curiosity is imagination, simply put. For everything you wonder, you encourage. All the celebrated discoveries you have made over the course of a lifetime are owed largely in part to your curious attributes that begged you to push further. But perhaps the most poignant inquiry we can make is about ourselves — why we do precisely the nutty things that keep us in character. How we treat our friends and our enemies are telling signs of our wounds and victories, if we have the courage to discover our reasons. I never said that asking these questions is easy. But it’s a start. And it doesn’t matter how complex or silly the question might be (No, but seriously. They are almost done with “The Hunger Games” trilogy and there’s still no “Girl Who Played with Fire” … what is going on?). What matters is that we simply ask. Don’t you think?

Tova Gelfond

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