"I am a paleontologist..."

>> Sunday, January 23, 2011

My favorite nonfiction writer is the late Stephen Jay Gould.

He was a paleontologist.

Maybe I should have been a paleontologist.

Following up yesterday's post, here's some more TMBG.









Aw, hell. I can't resist. Bonus track. TMBG's second cover version of Hy Zaret's "The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas" from Here Comes Science. Odd trivia: turns out Zaret wrote the lyrics for "Unchained Melody" and was the one who translated "The Partisan" into English (made famous by Leonard Cohen).

Anyway, the sun is soooooo hot....









4 comments:

Random Michelle K Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 8:54:00 AM EST  

I adore TMBG, I love the accordion, I love the lyrics, but most of all I love the music, I mean, really, how can you be glum while listening to "Particle Man"?

Phiala Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 9:10:00 AM EST  

"Forget that song. We got it wrong."

TMBG earned my undying love (well, cemented), when they issued a retraction and updated version of the sun song to reflect new scientific understanding.

They're AWESOME, and they understand how science works: by taking new data and proving itself wrong.

neurondoc Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 5:11:00 PM EST  

I love TMBG, but I'm not fond of SJG. I went to lecture he gave at the Smithsonian a whole bunch of years ago. When a friend of mine asked him a (not-stupid) question, SJG was a total bitch. It was a real turn off.

Eric Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 9:16:00 PM EST  

That's disappointing to hear, ND: I adore his books and essays, notwithstanding some of the controversy surrounding some of them. But: considering some of the arguments he got into over punctuated equilibrium and his long and sometimes ugly feud with Richard Dawkins over Dawkins' "selfish gene" hypothesis and sundry other matters, I can imagine him being prickly and hard to deal with even when facing a legitimate question.

Still, as a writer, he had a skill at imparting his sense of wonder at the world and could write about things that I don't always find interesting--e.g. statistics and baseball--in ways that I enjoyed what I was reading even when it was over my head or landed in a particular personal blind spot (I consider myself a smart guy, if I'm allowed to say so myself, but I'm definitely not a mathy guy; SJG could write about statistical analysis in a way that I didn't put the book down even if I didn't really understand everything he was saying, and that's a helluva thing).

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