No news is good news?

I’ve been pretty quiet this week, mostly because I took your advice and started reading. Stephen King (yes, now you know I’m a fan of High Literature) has written about four novels since I stopped having time to read regularly back in college, and people keep buying them for me even though I don’t have time for them. I finished one and now I’m halfway through another. K and I had a fantastic argument the other night about high vs. low art that stemmed from the fact that I was sitting around reading Stephen King all day. Frankly I don’t care if King novels are low art, I enjoy them. They do something for me, and that’s all that matters. Plus I’m very fond of the fact that his female protagonists are always every bit as well-developed and fleshed out as his male protagonists. Dude knows how to write women, and almost all of his books pass the Bechdel Test. I appreciate that.

I’ve veered away from the point, though, which is how I don’t understand how people can read and write at the same time. I can’t set aside a book and start writing about science because my brain is still in the book, you see. That’s why my blogging has been so light. I do have a great post about emetophobia for next month’s Carnal Carnival that I’ve been working on slowly, though.

Since it is Saturday, I am obligated to post at least one picture of a rodent. First, also from the link in my last post to the science dessert roundup is this mouse cake:

Now, here, have a chinchilla wearing a paper hat:

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One Response to No news is good news?

  1. >I used to have this high/low art conversation a lot with my ex. I'd come home at the end of the day and want to sit on the couch and zone out watching TV. She'd come home at the end of the day and want to engage her brain. We realized that her job was the equivalent (to me) of watching TV: mindless. So what I did all day long was what she got to do during her free time. Made for an interesting disconnect.You spend all day doing research and thinking hard. No reason you should also have to spend your free time with your brain equally engaged, if you don't want to.

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