Monthly Archive: March 2013

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale 3

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale

“Having decided to write on Easter, I took out a volume of _The Encyclopædia Britannica_ in order to make up the subject of eggs, and the first entry under “Egg” that met my eye was: “EGG, AUGUSTUS LEOPOLD (1816-1863), English...

Bitten by a cittern 1

Bitten by a cittern

I was supposed to be working on a blog today about the secret history of Easter eggs. However a “kind” friend has lent me a cittern to play with over the long weekend. A cittern is a...

Bringing back the dead 3

Bringing back the dead

On Friday, March 15 2013, National Geographic hosted the first-ever public exploration of the subject of reviving extinct species at TEDxDeExtinction, a daylong event at Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The purpose of this event was...

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace 0

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913), a self-educated man, was a remarkable Victorian intellectual. Not only did he co-share credit with Charles Darwin for discovering the process of natural selection; he also made  many other significant contributions...

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Horses for courses

Last week I saw the wonderful Laurie Anderson perform her new piece – Landfall – with the equally wonderful Kronos Quartet. Part of the performance included a discursion on extinct animals. One in particular...