I often wonder if the present era will someday be known as the age of the acronym, the fertile crux of a terse new lingo. Examples abound, with LOL, FAQ, and NSA coming immediately to mind. BTW, in my estimation, DNA is the reigning regent of this avalanche of abbreviation. I mean, we’re talking about nothing less than the blueprint of life as we know it. On the other hand, despite its centrality to our existence, to most the molecule is more than a bit mysterious, a nebulous notion at best.
Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb is a most satisfactory solution to this dilemma, in that it manages to both edify and entertain. On May 19, 2014, won’t you please don your thinking cap, and join what promises to be a lively discussion of Mr. Kean’s tasty text. And finally, please find words of the wise below.
“…Kean has created another page-turning scientific history in The Violinist’s Thumb. With fluid gusto, he turns the discovery of DNA into riveting human drama, then unfurls a series of anecdotes that expand our understanding of genetic influence on our lives…” –Amazon
“A science journalist with a flair for words…[Kean's] language is fluid and accessible, even for the science-challenged.” –Library Journal
WHO: I discovered Vaclav Smil’s work while perusing a recent issue of Wired Magazine. More specifically, an article titled This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading, and if you call yourself an environmentalist, then you really ought to check out his written work.
WHAT: In this case, the work in question bears the moniker Energy: Myths and Realities, is subtitled Brining Science to the Energy Policy Debate, and the two sum up the work in fine fashion.
WHEN: In the interest of being well informed, it is suggested that you ought to read this tech-toned-treatise as soon as possible.
WHY: As in why you should most definitely read this book. In Mr. Smil’s own words:
“If a global civilization is to commit trillions of dollars over the course of many decades to improve the odds of it’s to its stable existence, then it should follow the most rational, most economically rewarding, and least environmentally stressful course rather than pursuing inherently inferior alternatives.”
WHERE: At your local Southern Adirondack Library System branch.
HOW: Click the link to order a copy of Energy: Myths and Realities, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an energy policy wonk.
Although a bit less epic in scope, Running with the Kenyans is pleasantly reminiscent of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, and is highly recommended to fans of the latter. I found Mr. Finn’s analysis of the barefoot running phenomenon fascinating, thoroughly enjoyed his search for the silver bullet responsible for the amazing success of Kenyan runners, and suspect that the majority of his conclusions are sound. May I suggest a quick peek at what the critics are saying below, and then a mad dash to the library to grab a copy..?
“Part scientific study, travel memoir, and tale of self-discovery, Finn’s journey makes for a smart and entertaining read.”—Publishers Weekly
“A hymn to the spirit, to the heartbreaking beauty of tenacity, to the joy of movement.”—The Plain Dealer
Three reasons why you simply must attend our April 21, 2014 celebration of Mary Oliver’s delightful A Thousand Mornings:
1) Mary Oliver’s poetry has garnered her both a Pulitzer Prize, and a National Book Award.
2) April is National Poetry Month.
3) The discussion will be moderated by the ever popular Richard “The Professor” Schneider.
My goodness, it’s like the stars have aligned! I hope to see you there.
English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.
English is Crazy! had me grinning from ear to ear. It came as no surprise that it draws on the work of fellow language lover Richard Lederer. The titles listed below, both penned by Mr. Lederer, have long been favorites of mine, and I thought that I’d pay it forward…
The Miracle of Language
I’m not quite certain how I stumbled upon the above book trailer, which promotes Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series, but it was love at first viewing. Gritty and spare, words dancing to pitch perfect narration…. Wow! Library Guy says click the link(s) below to gather intel and/or request copies of this dark and disturbing duo.
“…Darker than dark, Mockingbird will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget, so fortify your stomach and settle in, because you’re going to want to read this one in one sitting.” — My Bookish Ways
“Wendig’s second novel is a splendidly profane slice of urban fantasy – hard, dark and fast. Slick one-liners and laugh-out-loud descriptions pepper the prose, making Blackbirds a black comedy that even the Grim Reaper could smile at.” — The Financial Times
Friday morning, and the sun was once again absent. No need to worry though. A chance discovery of Sekou Andrews’ The Awesome Anthem lit-up daybreak with a delightful mix of humor, inspiration, and poetry. We’re talking honest to goodness bona fide soul shine here, and certainly well-worth the time it takes to watch.