Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Frankenstein is one of those stories that has transcended the original novel to become a phenomenon.  Maybe you read it in high school and haven’t picked it up since.  In any case, you’ve probably seen one of the many movies, or else absorbed the premise just from culture in general (or at least from Halloween).  … Continue reading Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

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Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion (ed. Ronald Numbers)

Ex-evangelicals, like myself, have seen just about every possible way evangelicals, and religious people in general, can misuse and abuse science and history.  Some of these are infamous:  young earth creationism and conversion therapy come to mind.  But sometimes we’ve been over-exposed – or more accurately, unevenly exposed.  It can be easy to forget, in … Continue reading Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion (ed. Ronald Numbers)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has a lot in common with Killers of the Flower Moon.  Both are fascinating pieces of on-the-ground journalism about events that happened decades ago;  both Grann and Skloot worked extensively with living family members of the people involved, and helped solved mysteries the family members never had answers to.  … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Jerome Jackson)

Ivory billed woodpecker said:  “Dear me! They’re cutting down my family tree; Where can I live, I’d like to know, If men will spoil the forest so?”  - Elizabeth Gordon I have always loved birds.  I have many childhood memories of basically memorizing field guides, then sitting at the big window looking out on my … Continue reading In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Jerome Jackson)