January 2022

  • Climbing Mount Irascible

    If the scientific autobiography belongs to “a most awkward literary genre,” the scientific book review must belong to a decidedly tedious one. And Erwin Chargaff’s review of Watson’s The Double Helix is the exception that proves the rule. In 1968, Gunther Stent (a contemporary of Jim Watson and a fellow member of the Phage Group) wrote a review called What they are saying about Honest Jim in the Quarterly Review of Biology (Vol. 43-2, 1968) (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/405728). This piece was what one might call a meta-review – a “review of the reviewers” – where Stent turns over (at times

  • Salvador Elizondo *The Graphographer*

    I write. I write that I am writing. Mentally I see myself writing that I am writing and I can also see myself seeing that I am writing. I remember writing and also seeing myself writing. And I see myself remembering that I see myself writing and I remember seeing myself remembering that I was writing and I write seeing myself write that I remember having seen myself write that I saw myself writing that I was writing and that was writing that I was writing that I was writing. I can also imagine myself writing that I had already

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate blogging into my workflow. My New Year’s resolution is to try and blog more often. In the meantime, here is Park Kiyoung (박기영) singing “A Thorn Tree” (가시나무). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP43G-os9zA&list=RDRP43G-os9zA&start_radio=1