Four Books by Simon Winchester

The Irish Island Korea by Simon Winchester, published 1988 Before writing the masterful volumes Krakatoa, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and The Professor and the Madman, geologist-writer Simon Winchester generated a series of travel books. I read this book out of a curiosity to see where one of my favorite authors started … Continue reading Four Books by Simon Winchester


Science Writing

Some writers have a knack for explaining science to a popular audience. It's a balancing act, where the writer treads a shifting line printed alongside the word "patronizing", and it's not an easy thing to do. Books that tread this line fed my fascination with science from an early age, and I strongly considered going … Continue reading Science Writing

Ask Ceil – Glee. Yawn.

Dear Ceil, As a US Citizen, am I required to watch Glee? Pressured in Pomona Dear Pressured, No. As a matter of fact, I am standing with you. I am coming out as a Glee-less American. It's not that I have anything against...whatever it is that they do on that show. It's simply that I … Continue reading Ask Ceil – Glee. Yawn.