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Every time I read David Foster Wallace, I think, that’s just classic David Foster Wallace. Which is to say it’s completely unexpected, novel, different from the way almost anyone else thinks, including David Foster Wallace the last time I read him. This is a fun review in the NY Review of Books of a book…

A few calendar notes: I’ve got a three-day run starting next Sunday in which I’ll be talking to authors and journalists about book proposals; NY science writers about the future of social media; and to genomic geeks about genes and temperament. If you’ve questions you’d like raised at any of these, please shoot me a…

William J. Broad’s Times piece on the new National Geographic “Ocean – An Illustrated Atlas gives a nice look at both the book — and gives long-overdue and well-deserved attention to oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who co-authored the Atlas. . Earle’s passion extends to the far horizon. In the atlas, she reports that some 90 percent…

Music is alive and well I long ago grew weary of complaints about the demise of classical music — a demise based on dropping sales and and market share. Similar complaints had been voiced about tennis, another thing I love. In both cases the hand-wringing about falling ticket or record sales or TV viewers ran…

This makes me think of the old line about fading actors or writers when death brings them renewed attention: “Good career move.” My post about leaving Seed’s Scienceblogs and the conflict between blogging and more serious work got picked up and pondered by Andrew Sullivan at his Atlantic blogging home, as well as some other…