I'm a math professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The purpose of this blog is to record interesting things I read, see, eat, hear, or otherwise encounter. My professional page is here. I wrote a novel called The Grasshopper King , which was published in 2003 by Coffee House Press.
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I’ve put up a web page for How Not To Be Wrong; the reason it looks good is that I was smart enough to hire Will Amato instead of trying to do it myself. It goes THWOCK! But if you look at it on a phone you won’t get to hear it go thwock because thwock is […]
The story so far: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece called “Professors, we need you!” in which he mourned the loss of the public intellectual of yonderyear: SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s […]
I visited Hebrew University for a week in January, and Peter Sarnak, no doubt thinking of my sadly out-of-date How To Eat Dinner in Princeton page, asked me if I was going to blog the restaurants of Jerusalem. OK, so here’s a go. Let’s start with the best thing I ate in Israel: This is […]
I flew a lot (by my standards) on United last year, including a trip to Israel, and came about 5,000 miles short of qualifying for their lowest tier of premier status. I got a flyer from them in the mail saying I could make up the difference with cash — but it turns out the […]
The jacket copy for the paperback of Sheila Heti’s novel How Should A Person Be? starts, in large bold type: By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication… That’s pretty bold jacket copy writing, to come right out and say that the book you’re considering buying was reviled! In fact, it was very good. One […]
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