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Next study: Blame Mom: Poor mothering destroys chemical coating on genes.

And I have to say (despite the pronatalist pressure of family gatherings), I dislike the metaphor of a thesis as giving birth.

Thesis, many years of work culminating in a defense which is really no big deal and a lunch with beer. End result: you become credentialed as a person of superior intellect and expertise.

Birth, nine months of gestation where you can pretty much do nothing if you choose culminating in many hours of pain and the expulsion of bodily substances, bringing about the birth of a person who requires you for every human need (though they're pretty cute). End result: despite superior intellect and expertise you discover that humans are still animals.

Just saying.




I also read this article with a great deal of annoyance -- is it actually NEWS that parents influence their kids? I'm pregnant right now, and I've started boycotting articles such as this ... as if I needed yet another thing to worry about, from keeping this child healthy to what the heck will happen to a career I've so carefully built.

But as I was reading this to my partner (father of said child) he commented that it was really pretty misanthropic as well, since it suggests really that he's pretty frickin' useless as far as raising a child; he'll have no effect on him or her. Which he considered pretty offensive.

In any case, a pretty sad case of journalism. But at least NP provides some sad amusement to our days. Offense for all!

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  • Hugh Maclean: Ben Jonson and the cavalier poets;: Authoritative texts, criticism (A Norton critical edition)
    My love for the Norton Critical Edition knows no bounds of decorum, what with the footnotes handily dangling at the bottom of the page, the effective but not-excessive use of white space and the pages and pages of charming formalist criticism handily excerpted for one's edifying pleasure, and this fine specimen is not only crammed with the verses of Carew and Herrick and Shirley and Waller and Suckling, but the Benniest of Bens himself. Aaaaaah.
  • Margaret Atwood: Strange Things : The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature  (Clarendon Lectures in English Literature)

    Margaret Atwood: Strange Things : The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (Clarendon Lectures in English Literature)
    Right to the frosty tips of my Maritime 'burg nestles the omnipresent appreciation of all things Canadian - lest not forget, 'natch, that this is Lower Canada, first founded, settled by those who settled and therefore most appropriate dwelling-place for some serious CanLitticism on a chilly eve - a hunger best feasted with the reigning Empress of post-Dominion Culture, here her own splendid Wendigo-fed self most engaging with a bemused discussion of the particular neuroses provoked by our frozen mythoscape that are so lovingly delineated by myriad earnest PhD dissertations from sea to sea to sea.

  • Candace Savage: Crows : Encounters with the Wise Guys

    Candace Savage: Crows : Encounters with the Wise Guys
    Seduced by the caw of the wild that blankets the UNB campus with a murderous cacophany of harbingers of death at the same time every fall, I put this on my Chrismas list hoping for some new insight into these amazing creatures that mimic human speech and modified tool use - instead, I found surprizingly mediocre musings on evolutionary biology from an unqualified, underresearching hack writer made bearable only by a bevy of lovely photographs and images of our witty black-feathered bretheren.

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