Category Archives: books

Self-aggrandizement: Paperback of FvF comes out, and two upcoming talks

Tomorrow, May 17, is the release date of the paperback of Faith Versus Fact—one year after the hardback. If you couldn’t afford the hardback, now’s your chance to get the book more cheaply. Buy it at any of the sites on the right sidebar, or as Hitchens used to say, at fine bookstores everywhere. And, I have […]

A vulture spreads the false rumor that Hitchens accepted God at the end

UPDATE: Because people have suggested that I wrote this entire piece without having read any of Taunton’s book, let me add that I read the six pages about Hitchens given on the Times site, and, after writing it, have read substantial sections of the book that someone sent me. I am now well versed in what Taunton […]

Possibly plagiarized book disappears from Amazon and the Princeton University Press website

Twelve days ago I described my discovery of some possible plagiarism, and other unsavory journalistic shenanigans, in a Nautilus article by Robert Levine. That article, about the botfly that I acquired in my head as a graduate student visiting Costa Rica, was characterized as an except from his book Stranger in the Mirror: The Scientific Search […]

Matthew reviews Mukherjee’s new book in Nature

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, and subject to a bit of discussion on this site in the last week, has now published a new book: The Gene: An Intimate History, and our own Matthew Cobb has just reviewed in in Nature (free link).  The book is doing well on Amazon, […]

New York Times reviews Mukherjee’s new book on the gene

Jennifer Senior, a daily book reviewer for the New York Times, has appraised Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest book The Gene: An Intimate History, in the New York Times. Since it’s in today’s paper, I suspect there will be another review next Sunday. This review is mixed, but you can see for yourself. I hope for two things: that the […]

Someone recounts my botfly tale: Is this plagiarism?

Someone called my attention to a new piece on Nautilus, “Parasites are us: how biological invaders challenge our notion of self and others” by Robert Levine, who’s identified this way: Robert V. Levine is a professor of psychology at California State University, Fresno and former president of the Western Psychological Association. His previous books include […]

WEIT joins Oxford’s “Landmark Science” series

I haven’t rewritten WEIT, and, sadly, didn’t have time to write a new foreword to the book, but it’s just joined the Oxford University Press’s “Landmark Science” Series, acquiring a spiffy new cover (the design of all the covers is similar): Here’s a complete list: Daniel Nettle: Personality Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene Dawkins: The Extended Phenotype […]

Faith Versus Fact paperback out soon

The paperback edition of Faith Versus Fact will be available on May 17, and it will have a fancy gold band on the cover instead of the drabbish band (which was supposed to be shiny gold) that was on the hardcover. It’s about fifteen bucks in the U.S., and you can preorder it from Amazon,,, Barnes & Noble, […]

Freedom of speech: Salman Rushdie on American students, and the latest list of “banned” books

The columnist Clarence Page had a chat with Salman Rushdie, who taught at Emory University, about freedom of speech. (Remember that it was Emory students who got so upset when they saw pro-Trump slogans written in chalk on their campus.) Rushdie was in Washington D.C. to discuss the question, “Should or must art be politically correct?”, […]

Houston this weekend

The Lone Star College Book Fair starts tomorrow in Houston, Texas, and if you live there, drop by and say hi. I’m speaking (or rather discussing) on Saturday at 12:30; it will be a conversation with Dan Barker, who’s discussing his own new book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at 3:15 the same […]


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