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Why Trust Science? Naomi Oreskes et al.

Oreskes, Naomi et al. Why Trust Science? Princeton, 2019. NF;12/19. This assembly of authoritative essays tackles a monster issue that has been simmering in science academics’ and science philosophers’ esoteric conversations for decades. In the past several years trust in … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Club. Louis Menand.

Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001. NF; 12/19. I went looking for more by Menand after being impressed with his precision and humour in a couple of New Yorker articles, and so dove into … Continue reading

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Vero Bistro, Calgary.

December 2019. In town for a sad family funeral, we needed to (and successfully did) drown our sorrows in a really high-class brunch before getting back on the plane. This place delivers. We wish it were closer to home. It’s … Continue reading

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Alcohol

When I was an intern in Newfoundland in 1976, all the specialists and trainees were assembled in a room at the hospital one morning to hear a hepatologist (internal medicine liver specialist) from Harvard tell us about liver disease. Once … Continue reading

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Elisa Steakhouse, Vancouver.

December 2019 We spent a lovely evening in this remarkable restaurant as part of a special-anniversary weekend, and couldn’t help comparing it to Boulevard, where we had dinner the night before. Elisa is far superior. The Aquilini Toptable restaurant group … Continue reading

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Boulevard Kitchen, Vancouver.

December 2019 We made this our dinner destination on one of a two-night special anniversary weekend in the city. It’s a bustling cheerful and classier-than-expected place – more expensive than expected too – with a noisy and casual overlay to … Continue reading

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War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy.

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. Original (Russian) Russian Messenger, 1869. Translation by Richard Pevear and Larisa Volokonsky, Vintage Classics, New York, 2007. F; 11/19 I’m not sure why I occasionally tackle this kind of monster, it has to be a mix of … Continue reading

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