This Book.

A recent houseguest gifted me Philip Klay’s National Book Award-Winning short story collection, Redeployment, and it is un-put-down-able. A serious psychological profiling of the men who go to war, and their struggles to come back afterwards. Here’s a snippet: It was bullshit, but every time I told the story, it felt better. Like I owned it … Continue reading This Book.

Words & Pictures

It’s finally springtime in New York, though you can’t quite tell it yet from the air; or trees; or things people are wearing. I was out walking with a photographer friend and he took this lovely picture of the Central Park Reservoir, one of my most favorite spots in the city: I love the skyline from … Continue reading Words & Pictures

25 Years Later: You are still here, “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”

Phil Plait (one of my favorite science bloggers) pointed out that yesterday marked the 25th Anniversary of this famous photograph. It’s a picture of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft, from more than six billion kilometers away. It is the image that inspired this bit of brilliance from Carl Sagan: From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not … Continue reading 25 Years Later: You are still here, “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”

The totally fascinating history of antibiotics in three (or four) books…

So, antibiotics managed to make the front page of the New York Times last week, even amid the world’s manifold horrors. Here’s why: we have, for quite a while now, been running out of these wonder drugs. We used to be able to kill most anything with them — from pneumonia and urinary tract infections to staph infections … Continue reading The totally fascinating history of antibiotics in three (or four) books…