Glitter in the Net, 20 May 2014

Shiny things from the day: In Arrested development, at Mosaic, Virginia Hughes looks at a handful of girls who won’t age and an aging scientist who’s determined to figure out why. Literary hero to zero On the rise and fall of literary reputations. New Research on Facebook, Fellowship, and Suicide Clusters – Pacific Standard: The Science […]

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Tortoise Sex, Via the Eyes of Lucky Jack Aubrey

One of the many pleasures of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels, which follow through 20.5 volumes the Napoleonic-era adventures of British Royal Navy Caption Jack Aubrey and his surgeon/spy/naturalist Stephen Maturin, are the closely observed and imagined encounters with wildlife. O’Brian, being the masterful novelist he is, never just shows us the wildlife; we see that […]

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