Writers write, words wiggle …
GQ magazine has named Philip Roth its literary “icon of the year.” The sprawling interview is more musing by the interviewer on the border of self-indulgence than insight from the subject, but the writer salvages the interview by pointing out that Roth has mostly complete disregard for self promotion, so the interview was doomed from the start.
The interview is a good introduction to Roth’s range of work, …
Currently, a story about the Hadean Earth is the banner article in the science section of the New York Times. This is good. As the article explains, the Hadean- formally the time from Earth’s formation to 4 billion years ago, and informally the time for which we have no rocks- is traditionally underconstrained (no rocks, no data). But in the last few decades, rocks and individual minerals have been found, and the picture that is emerging is that the Hadean may have been more similar to the modern Earth than originally thought.
This is all well and good, … [but...]
Words to beware of
Some words have good meanings in normal conversation, and different meanings in science. ‘Theory’ is one such. But one that is seriously hazardous to try to interpret until you know the full context is ‘rapid’…..
Check out this Chicago Tribune article about “biracial pride.” I was most struck by this statement:
Like Obama, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, 35, a former professor of political science at the University of Chicago who now teaches at Princeton University, identifies herself as black, although her mother is white and her father is African-American. “I was raised to be a black woman with a white mother, like a tall person with a short mother…
Eddingtoniana … say no more.