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Friday, October 15, 2010
Bill Bryson explains the history behind the place we call home, and shows how each room has figured in the evolution of private life. In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, he set out to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”
1. You pronounced "Escherichia" right.
2. Most strains of E. coli are benign--we tend to hear only about harmful strains, but the normal ones are something we take for granted & know little about, much as we take many of the household objects Bill Bryson talked about for granted & know little about their origins. There are also 5 other species of the genus Escherichia besides E. coli. Still, considering that these are bacteria & where they hang out, it's not a very nice name to give a child! I hope she didn't have too many problems from having that name.
This is fascinating. Why did you schedule him for such a short slot?!
Sounds extremely interesting. I have read most of Bryson's books. Never heard him before, but he sounds like Thomas Merton!
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