— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Return of the King)
"In his new book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Jonah tells eight stories that share a common theme. In each case, (he chooses Marcel Proust, Walt Whitman, George Elliot, Paul Cezanne, Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Wolf and, yes Auguste Escoffier) an artist is busy about his/her work and happens to observe something or sense something about the real world that scientists have not yet noticed, or that scientists say is not true. But because artists are so good at describing what it’s like to experience the world, so intent on delivering the truth of what it feels like to be alive, so intuitive, in each of these eight cases, the artists learn something that the scientists don’t discover until years later.
Art, Jonah reminds us, describes the same world that science does; art just does it by a different route. And sometimes, more often than you would suppose, the artists get there first.”
Sounds like something I’ll have to add to my endless book list. After Count of Monte Cristo. And actually reading Proust. I did borrow all seven volumes of In Search Of Lost Time from an old college roommate, and biked home with them snug against my back. They are now sitting on my shelf in Queens.
— Oscar Wilde
I started my job reporting for Medical Daily about a month ago. I started out writing 2 articles a day because I guess I was trained to write longer, in-depth pieces and I like letting a piece “sit” before I come back and edit it. I had to jump that up to 3 articles per day. Now I’m told I have to hustle and do 4 a day in order to get more page views.
Please read my articles. Some of the stuff, I promise, is actually interesting. I mostly dig around for new research from medical journals, am particularly interested in Alzheimer’s research and any form of medical-sociology study (relationships between medicine and human culture). Some of the other stuff isn’t quite as interesting (What’s the deal with shopaholics?… or The pope says marijuana legalization isn’t the right thing to do!) Well, perhaps those can be interesting topics to some people.
You can find my articles HERE.