Monthly Archives: February 2012

Am I my body? The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks: Rebecca Skloot; and A Leg To Stand On: Oliver Sachs

Am I a “ghost in the machine”? Am I a wetware machine? What is consciousness? A soul or an epiphenomenon? Are my cells mine? Can someone patent my DNA? Every generation has its own questions: the history of human thought … Continue reading

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The last Bookstore in America: an eBook by Amy Stewart!

Amazon says about this: “Bookstores all over the country had closed their doors. But somehow, the Firebreathing Dragon has kept going. Lewis and his wife Emily find themselves in the unlikely position of owning one of the last bookstores in … Continue reading

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1491: Charles C. Mann. Do we know what we think we know?

When I was a child, we went to “the pictures” on Saturday mornings. A cartoon was usually followed by a cowboy picture ( we didn’t call them movies). My first crush was on Trigger. I watched Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy … Continue reading

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Blindspot: what we don’t see.

If you write an X on a piece of paper and look at it with one eye, there is a moment, as you move your eye around the paper, when you don’t see the X because the image falls on … Continue reading

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Barbara Kingsolver: Small Wonders, Bean Trees

Do you have problems remembering more about a book than “Oh, yes, I read that a while ago?” Or, with favourite authors, remembering which book is which? Or is that just my ageing brain? Do you re-read favourites? Recently I … Continue reading

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The Warmth of Other Suns: Isabel Wilkerson

When we moved to East Oakland in 1982, it was the first time I had lived in such a mixed area, though I knew people of other races in England, and I remember a coloured lodger, Mr. Preston, who lived … Continue reading

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British Food (Marks and Spencers)

Marks and Spencers has good food. After all, their Victoria Sandwich won the W.I. competition in “Calendar Girls”, didn’t it? And my chef brother, who managed a facility that supplied M&S knows how picky they are about quality, freshness and … Continue reading

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