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This is great. And this is also an image that seems appropriate when choosing to speak about water as a resource generally – it might, for instance, be a good prelude to discussions like this.

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion Richard Powers, in his debut novel Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, constructs a story…

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion As an understatement, I can say this: I’ve been overwhelmed of late. All of these questions Morris…

It looks like a lot, but really it’s not (hey, that rhymes) Clearly, food is a hot topic these days. You see it constantly in the cultural dominance of things like the Food Channel, Martha Stewart, or The Iron Chef. But more fittingly, thankfully even, you also see a boon of discussions that look closely…

Ode to “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” (1950). The “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” was Vonnegut’s first published story, appearing in Collier’s. That was while he was working at GE in public relations, and after he was a chemistry major, an anthropology grad, a Dresden fire-bombing survivor, and a Cat’s Cradle writer (though not publisher,…

Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

How great is this book? It’s that great, that’s how much. But beyond superficial (and meaningless) qualifiers like “great,” this book does a remarkable job of fascinating me, interesting students, and standing alone as entertaining fiction. I use it in my class on Science, Technology, and Progress, and since I just re-ordered it for the…

This book is a lovely piece of prose with geat artwork that looks at the power of how certain experiences, and more specifically certain teachers can provide the inspiration that ultimately makes a person who they are.

This book makes the cut, not necessarily because I find it particularly endearing (although it is a lovely story, and ever so British in a Paddington Bear sort of way), but because this is the book responsible for my kids, 2 and a half and almost 5 in age, stomping around the house like dinosaurs,…

In Norway, you say “buse.” As a geneticist, I am a lot more familiar with the concept of snot than one might suspect. And although this may appear to be a sort of an odd soundbite, it can be quickly explained by the simple fact that pure genomic DNA, isolated from any and all variety…

I thought I would start with this great picture story book, although in truth I could have easily started with another by the same author (the always irrepressible, but sadly missed away Shel Silverstein). The other, of course, is The Giving Tree, but I’ll assume most of you have actually heard of that one –…