Eternity

This short piece, about a memorable dive off Ecuador, won the 2012 ‘Ocean’ magazine short nonfiction prize. Eternity (c) Cameron M. Smith / August 2009  On the Eastern Pacific equator I lay at night in a shaky bamboo cabin dumbfounded…

I’m not Crazy I’m just Reading

What if the brain uses the same regions to create a character’s drawl as it does to bombard someone with paranoid ranting? The key difference between the auditory hallucinations of reading and schizophrenia would be in the ability to differentiate the source and reality of the voices. Schizophrenic hallucinations with their paranoia, fear, and derision may be coming from another part of the brain and passing through the synaptic voice box. Malfunctioning parts of the brain may be pumping the unfiltered chemicals and electricity like a fire hose through the same region or regions used to create voice from writing. So when someone with schizophrenia reads are they occupying the part of the brain that gives voice to the paranoia and using it to create the written voice?