Eric Eicher

Bill Cosby once said this on a long-ago comedy album: "I started out as a child." As it turns out, Eric Eicher did, too. In the years since, he's somehow become, among other things, a father, a teacher, a writer, and a sleight-of-hand performer, with a Master's in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in English from the University of Kansas. His major literary interests are Shakespeare (especially King Lear), the essay, and the nonsense of Stephen Leacock and Edward Lear.

This Thing Of Dogness...

My parents asked us to dinner maybe a month ago. After we ate, I started telling them–believe it or not, my mother, at least, likes to hear this kind of thing–about an old t.v. show transcript that I’d stumbled onto recently: a Nova program from 1981 called “It’s About Time.” I mentioned a couple things from it that fascinated me–like that the speed of light may be the only really static thing in the universe, since everything else, even space, even time, sometimes jiggles in surprising ways. I also told them how the show ended–with the actor playing St. Augustine, an early western thinker about time, saying, just as the real St. Augustine had written in his Confessions centuries before, that as long as nobody asked him what time was, he knew, but as soon as someone did, he didn’t.

An egg—and by an egg, I just mean a hen’s egg, the only kind most people I know have ever seen—looks kind of magic just sitting there, a mysterious, lopsided moon of a beast.

Once snatched from its mother, if it somehow ducks being breakfast, it waits for its blankness to be painted, dyed, and/or graffitied, so that a Magic Rabbit can hide it for human kids to find and play with (could that story be weirder?). Both a popular folk rhyme^ and a Timeless Children’s Classic testify to the egg’s whimsical and wildly breakable nature. Like in the old riddle (which is really about a nut), the inside of each egg is a place that no human eye has ever seen before, so if some small, long-gone thing can reappear there,