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31 August 2008 @ 09:05 am
an astonishingly good book  

I hope you can read this advertisement.  At least here is the URL of the publisher


, but please tell me if the copy is illegible and I won't find a way to make it less so.  Anyway, I got this book free because I am co-author on a poem in it.  It's one of the most valuable payments I have ever received for poetry.

The theme of the book is writings and art related to string theory and I have to admit that when I first heard about it I had misgivings.  The editors have done a great job choosing excellent material.  Most of the visual art doesn't show up well in this format even though I can tell the Saudi originals probably were much better.  The essays are fascinating.  But the best part is the fiction.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every story I've read so far.  I haven't read the whole book; I'll do a better review after I finish.  But Elissa Malcohn's story about Arachne, based on the Greek myth, was awesome.  My favorite story was about a cosmologist living in a nursing home.  I won't say more than that, but the price of the book is almost repaid when you read that story alone. 

I'm serious.  I have almost never been this happy to get a free copy of a book and I have received at least a hundred over the years.

dreamnnightmaredreamnnightmare on August 31st, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
well, I see that it is not legible, but you have the URL.