“Eaarth”: The Same But Different

Hegel, in the words of philosopher Slavoj Zizek, says that a good portrayal looks more like the person who is portrayed than the person itself.  In other words, a good portrayal makes reality more what it already is.  Its goal, as Zizek points out, is to introduce a change that makes us “see better.” Bill … Continue reading

Plundering (Whose) Paradise?

“We may infer from these facts, what havoc the introduction of any new beast of prey must cause in a country, before the instincts of the aborigines become adapted to the stranger’s craft or power” -Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle This the theme of Michael D’orso‘s Galapagos book “Plundering Paradise” which has short description … Continue reading

Doctor Joseph Graziano: Scientist and Philanthropist

Entering the 40th year of his research, Dr. Joseph Graziano is just now finding one of the joys of his career.  Renowned for developing the drug to treat childhood lead poisoning, he currently is working to find and combat the arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh.  I met with him on one of the first … Continue reading

Dear Dunkin Donuts: Let Go of The Styrofoam

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is usually how quickly I can get out the door to get a cup of coffee.  Yes, I’m addicted to caffeine.  I know it would be much easier to make a pot myself but I prefer to grab a cup of coffee … Continue reading