The Sixth Great Extinction

I'm starting in on a series of essays based around the theme of extinction. Natural extinction, social extinction, the end or deaths of various people or eras or periods in our lives. I've found that the idea of "extinction boundaries" in natural history, or the events that mark the transition from one epoch to the … Continue reading The Sixth Great Extinction


Adventures in Health Care, Latin Style

When I drag my injured leg into the clinic's waiting room, I hold the door for a woman limping out who looks to be in much the same condition as me. No crutch, no visible cast or brace. Just a hurt leg and a desperate staggering stride. But she has just seen the doctor and … Continue reading Adventures in Health Care, Latin Style