Saturday, November 23, 2019
Stephen Jay Gould is dead
A man came up to the front desk of my library to collect an interlibrary loan, that is, a book that we borrowed from another library system on his behalf. In the process of checking it out to him I gave it a look. It was an interesting illustrated volume by the science writer Stephen Jay Gould. There were lots of fossil pictures inside.
"This looks pretty interesting." I said. "And I don't say that lightly." Though admittedly it's not like I say it rarely either.
He leafed through it a trifle tiredly. "It's my last, no, my second to last Stephen Jay Gould book." He said. "Then I'll have read them all."
I said something neutral before he continued.
"Thankfully he's dead." He added. "So there won't be anymore."
No matter how dark the cloud I guess there's always some kind of silver lining.