Posts Tagged ‘cornell’

The Lizard King in Cornell Daily Sun

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The Cornell Daily Sun ran this nice follow-up to my talk at Uris Hall last week.  There are quite a number of errors in the piece and I’ve got corrections to the smuggling details (the writer didn’t interview me), but I love the author’s turn of the smuggling label in the piece, and, of course, the subtitle. 

Author Exposes Reptile Smuggling Syndicates

The reality of Bryan Christy’s life may be stranger than fiction

By A. Drew Muscente
Nov 4 2009.

This reptile boy turned lawyer turned journalist turned author presented a reading from his debut book, The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers, to a crowd of fans and curious Cornellians last Tuesday in Uris Auditorium. Christy discussed the peculiarities of his life, his research and the illegal business of reptile smuggling.

According to Christy, The Lizard King is the product of two passions: reptiles and writing…Read the rest of the story.


Talk at Cornell

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I’m off to Cornell on Tuesday.  It’s been twenty years since I made those long, beautiful drives up to Ithaca.  Cornell is home to Professor Harry W. Greene.  I didn’t know of him 20 years ago.  I was studying Japanese.  I know who he is now.  His book Snakes:  The Evolution of Mystery in Nature is a treasure.  My copy has no cover on it.  But not for the reason you might expect.  I was reading it on vacation with my box turtle, Bookbinder (don’t buy box turtles, mine was a rescue) when I noticed Bookie had sped off somewhere.  (more…)