Coming to terms with the evil Jane Goodall and the mystery of the dragonfly incident
The incident is this: as a child Goodall reacts almost hysterically ... of this argument in future columns on mongabay which examine the life and moral biography of my Jane Goodall and others like her. But, for the moment, Goodall still leaves us with ...
Books of The Times
Not one of these things readily lends itself to biographical inquiry ... it begins by placing great importance on a formative childhood incident: the filming of a 1932 Pathé newsreel titled “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse” and showing little Mary ...
What Is “Authority?”
Money was clearly being misappropriated by someone in authority. Spiritual abuse was rampant. I recall an incident when an evangelist was invited by the college’s president to speak during “Spiritual Emphasis Week.” The evangelist was unquestionably ...
The death of life writing
Nigel Hamilton opens his new primer How to Do Biography (Harvard) with the bold boast that we are living in "a golden age" of life writing. Really, he should know better. To anyone who reads, reviews or writes on the subject, such confidence is baffling.
Six silent film stars in need of a biography
At least, that’s the word on the street. And what’s also apparent is the number of important early stars without a significant, modern biography. Publishers like McFarland and Bear Manor, as well as various university presses, continue their steady but ...