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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…)