“Here was a writer who said the unsayable, thought the unthinkable, and fearlessly put it down there, in all its raw emotional and intellectual chaos.” Margaret Drabble and others on Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. Here.
“Humans, even with our powerful brains and capacity for abstract thought, are still slaves to our emotions, which dogs will pick up on and resonate with,” writes Gregory Berns (How Dogs Love Us). “And the most powerful emotion of all is love.” Here.
“Seven years ago, when I first walked into Peru’s San Juan de Lurigancho Prison, the facility I call Collectors in At Night We Walk in Circles, I couldn’t believe it existed,” writes novelist Daniel Alarcon. Here.
“Over the last 15 years, McSweeney’s has grown into something of a literary empire based in San Francisco, and that flagship literary quarterly has evolved from a plain-looking throwback to the 19th century, to an intriguing array of eye-popping designs and visual puns. One issue came out in the form of a pile of junk mail. Another contained a short story printed on giant playing cards — readable any way the cards were dealt.” Celebrating the publication of The Best of McSweeney’s. Here.
“I grew up reading popular science by the likes of Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, and, later, Stephen Jay Gould. I never met Asimov or Sagan, but was lucky enough to have met Gould. I hope I won’t embarrass my friend John Gribbin by saying he’s one of my favorite science writers. His book In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat is a classic. The best popular science book I’ve ever read, though, is A Short History of Absolutely Everything by Bill Bryson. It is full of mistakes, but in a sense it doesn’t matter—it’s a terrific guide to science by a fan, someone who came to science later in life, but who is also a supremely gifted writer.” Q&A with Henry Gee The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution. Here.