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Archives for December, 2007

Last month, when all the “Best Books of 2007″ lists came out, several regulars on a science writers list-serve I’m on expressed chagrin that most of the most prominent lists held few science books. Even defining “science book” broadly, the New York Times Review Notable Books list contained just one science book (How Doctors Think,…

At Mind Matters, the expert-written blog I manage for Scientific American, I’ve posted a review of the material and papers we covered in that blog’s first year. It was interesting to see how the blog echoed the interests of the larger neuroscientific world. The opener: Mind Matters – The First Year We did not, alas,…

Best Books I Read in 2007

The best things I read this year, in no particular order: “Falling Man: A Novel” (Don DeLillo) “Tree of Smoke: A Novel” (Denis Johnson) This is almost cheating, as I’m still in the midst of reading it. But it’d have to dive a long way in the last few pages to not stay on the…

Each December the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury has a gingerbread-house exhibit and competition. This year’s was better than ever, with some amusing political entries. I’m not sure which I liked better – “Mission Accomplished,” which tests the idea of whether a gingerbread house can be grim: or the much happier vision of “Downtown Shopping”:…

If you’ve a taste for scholarly review papers (and who doesn’t?!) and an interest in fear and learning (ditto), a rigorous but substantial treat awaits you, free, in the January issue of Nature Neuropsychopharmacology. Gregory Quirk, a former post-doc in the lab of fear-research pioneer Joe LeDoux (whom I once profiled in Scientific American Mind,…