Shubin did some neat bits on the first show that I don’t
remember from the book (I always appreciate that kind of value-added filmmaking). The time-lapse dissection of a human hand was
especially cool, but my favorite one was the visit to the fish market to look
at fish balls. This was PBS, so they
used the least offensive scientific word “gonads,” when they found them up near
the heart. Now, I already knew that
human testicles have to descend through the
Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: Compared to most lives, John Updike’s was golden from the get-go. The adored only son of a highly educated mother (who herself wrote fiction, some of it eventually published in the New Yorker), the...
from a 1925 essay by Virginia Woolf in berfrois: To read George Eliot attentively is to become aware how little one knows about her. It is also to become aware of the credulity, not very creditable to one’s insight, with...
photo credit: ParadigmMalibu.comSocial phobia, a type of anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others (1). The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating. Exposure to the feared situation almost invariably provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a situationally