I had the fortune to meet Christopher Hitchens briefly during his stop in Palo Alto in 2007–I found him to be drunk, surly, and completely irascible. It was not a disappointment. Going through life we collect intellectual heroes. As someone who was raised with academic ideals (critical thinking, intellectual integrity,… Continue reading

The Doctrine of Goofy Ideas

As a human being, I am entitled to my goofy ideas–and boy, do I have a lot of them. I can’t help it. I have a brain, and it has to do something while it’s waiting for the teapot to boil. Some people think about knitting, some people think about… Continue reading