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Wall St Journal Book Review on Science Writing

December 30, 2015

Tags: A Likely Story, Writing narrative science, Houston We Have a Narrative

"The finest accounts of science feature a vivid authorial presence and the narrative flow of a good mystery. They allow readers an insider's perspective, an over-the-shoulder glimpse of discovery and the heartache of experimental failure." says physics professor Alan Hirshfeld, who happens to be a terrific writer. Of course I agree.

Great Reading Makes You Think

December 29, 2015

Tags: A Novel of Ideas, Zia Haider Rahman

Just finished a remarkable book, "In The Light Of What We Know," by Zia Haider Rahman (not to be confused with "The Light We Cannot See," another epic novel). Rahman is from Bangladesh, but educated at Oxford and Yale. He attempts a kind of War and Peace grand sweep novel of ideas. He's not entirely successful, at times the book is dense. He could have used a great editor. But among the ideas: British culture which has dominated the world for centuries is now facing the rest of the world's peoples who are ready to take a place at an expanded world table. There's no way we of the West can stop these emerging peoples. Should we want to? How we handle the next decade will determine a lot about the future.

NYTimes Front Page Anti-gun Editorial

December 5, 2015

Tags: The Gun Epidemic

Finally, in a strong front page editorial (the first front pager since the 1920s) the NY Times speaks out on gun violence and the indecencies that make weapons of war easily available to almost anyone who wants them.

"It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that people can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency. . .America's elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killings..." says the Times.

Enough. Let's stop electing those who enable our home-grown gun terrorists.




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