Mr. Improbable and I are heading to Italy for the Perugia Science Fest, followed by a couple of days in Rome. Updates may be irregular for a week or so (though I'm still chatting next week at noon EST, right here! I'll try to be at a Roman cafe, drinking Campari--the atmosphere will come through, I'm sure).
I only travel with a Kindle nowadays, and my reads for this trip include Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, and Monte Reel's new book about the quest for and capture of the African gorilla, Between Man and Beast. From the publisher's description:
In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth. Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time--the evolution debate, racial discourse, the growth of Christian fundamentalism--and helped push each to unprecedented intensities. He experienced instant celebrity, but with that fame came whispers--about his past, his credibility, and his very identity--which would haunt the young man. Grand in scope, immediate in detail, and propulsively readable, Between Man and Beast brilliantly combines Du Chaillu's personal journey with the epic tale of a world hovering on the sharp edge of transformation.
Mr. King is going to have to bring his A-game to compete with that, I must say.
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