November 27

I got to see the motion of brain cells at Yugi Ikegawa’s lab. Looking through the microscope at that “world” was exactly like looking at lights on the planet earth from a spaceship. They flickered, on and off. And they tried to cling to each other, extending their “arms” out whichever way it seemed there were other cells. They’re alive, or should I say, they’re living things. It might be fair to call what I saw a society constructed by living things. I too flicker between energy and rest. And I reach out. Trying to grab your hand.

-Shigesato Itoi, “Today’s Darling”