Through the work of Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, spacetime
singularities, also known as blackholes, have become part of our popular
culture. I remember reading "A Brief History of Time" and being
blown away by the fantastic ideas in it; for me, the most impressive thing
was that it gave real meaning to the math and physics I learned in high
This piece entertains the fanciful idea of having a blackhole in your
livingroom--a place for your secrets and anything else you'd rather not
share with others. How important it is to have your own private blackhole!
I come back to this in "The inviolability
of the secret."