July 6, 2009


Roger Ebert's Journal: I'm a Proud Braniac

"What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable."

AC Grayling: This Much I Know (via Norm)

"I have enough faith in statistics to know there must be conscious life on other planets.

Initials can be useful to hide behind. I once heard Jonathan Ross on the radio asking Kirsty Young who she had coming up on Desert Island Discs. When she mentioned "AC Grayling" Ross replied: "Oh, I know her."

Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty and therefore a mark of maturity. It embraces doubt and loose ends."

Book Aunt: Ten Books at a Time (via Diane)

"One thing I hear a lot from well-to-do suburban parents is that they have plenty of books at home. I remember doing a school visit at a private school a few years back and getting a sense of what was going on. After I made a big pitch for going to the library, some of the students' comments made me realize that their wealthy parents didn't ever take them to the library. Instead, they were proud of their supposedly extensive home libraries.

Sorry, but those libraries are just not good enough. "

...and finally, C.B. James: Dakota Eats Hunger Games - Book Giveaway because I'd like to read the ironically chewed on book. Dakota, as you may or may not know, has excellent taste.