The Bravery Of Uncertainty

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“When you’re not religious, sacredness means something that fills you with awe.

The creation of something awe-striking requires a pure offering, an opening up to the universe. It’s not always an act of risk, that could land you “in the clink” or with a broken body or with your blood trickling out onto the sidewalk, but it’s always an act of uncertainty, of changing molecules into something that wasn’t there before.

I think it might be brave.”

-Elizabeth Bachner at Bookslut

There is a refreshing sense of unbridled enthusiasm, non-ironic celebratoriness and the glee of a passionate polymath in almost all of Elizabeth Bachner’s essays but this one I find particularly wonderful.


Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →